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In her experimental dark art photography, Nona Limmen (1986) channels the darker side of life by painting gloomy fairytales with the camera’s lens. The Beverwijk born studied psychotherapist has worked with international clients, exhibits and galleries around the world. She plays with melancholic symbolism, dark folklore, occultism, heavy metal and shadow work, sometimes profoundly unnerving, sometimes inviting and alluring – her range widely varying by combining soft and ethereal beauty with barren landscapes. Nona Limmen’s haunting protagonists are creatures born of folklore, mythology, and the collective unconscious. Her photos capture them as they dance along the borders between our world and theirs. Perhaps, if you approach with just the right offering, one of them might grant you a glimpse or even passage into their realm, part dream and part nightmare.
And so, Dark Escapism became an intermediary to channel her deepest thoughts and feelings into her work, almost like a language to say what she couldn’t with words. It is the theme that connects these photos -the longing for another mysterious world, an escape from reality. It became an outlet to pour out all her energy into, and was always there to take her by the hand to places where she could trade reality and time for a moment of calmness and reassurance.