Anne ( Annelies) Diertens ( Rotterdam 1969) is a Dutch autodidact photographer based in Rotterdam. She feels privileged to tell stories through images and make those moments last forever. Her creative journey started with her first analog camera when she was a child. During her childhood, the family was closely associated with nature. Her daddy taught her to "get away" with her camera. She continued photography years later - when she was in the midst of age.
“I remember our camping holidays, the bike rides and walks as beautiful adventures. My father shared his love for capturing life. He inventively built a darkroom in the bathroom of our house. A movable shelf was folded over the washing machine and bathtub. He taught me to look and encouraged me to experiment. My knowledge, but especially my curiosity about the world around me, was stimulated even more.”
Her camera work always starts with an irrepressible desire to tell a story. She loves to gaze (city)surroundings, and uses her camera to capture (fast moving and changing) moments and still lives. Whatever purpose she is shooting for, her images are always imbued with a sensitivity and love for people, the environment and materials that encourage us to look positively at the world around us. Photography is her way to connect and to express her feelings for others to see.