hendrik kerstens‘s paula picture project is all about maturity. even though his work may seem to have a humorous edge, i find it rather intimate and intriguing. this is partly due to the fact that they are images of his daughter over a significant period of time which besides tracing young adulthood also gently juxtaposes portraiture from the golden age. this brings about a heightened emotive image charged with a personal nostalgia whilst the light of the northern renaissance is re-illuminated through kerstens’ eye. progression and investigation are the key words here, the father daughter dynamic is a poignant metaphor for one generation looking back at another, as his images look back even further in time to the dutch masters. the real power of the work lies in how he successfully captures an anachronistic view of everyday-ness mixed in with a certain modesty, enlivening his otherwise identical model.