Maybe you got laid off, lost a dear one or left your homeland. Your life at times can and will be very straining. I believe that beautiful black & white photography can guide and transcend a person out of chaos. My wish for you is simple. Look at my images and let their meaning find you. So you will find meaning. Fact is, you're not alone. You never were.
My name is Cilla Rijnbeek, 48 years old and I am a black and white documentary photographer. I am giving the best I have in order to 'alleviate suffering and constrain malevolence and make things better (Jordan B. Peterson).' 'I am not an activist. That's not my job. I can only cheer near the sideline (Margaret Atwood).' Currently I am cheering a lot with my camera taking a lot of pictures in various Europian Cities. I hope we will all become more sensitive to the human condition. I work steadily to achieve this. I am engaged in B&W simply because I have always found B&W images more beautiful than color. Seeing subjects in B&W emotionally moves me more. I think it is a nice metaphor for life. Next to black and white there's always the gray. Normalness is my main project in which I focus on the next phrases to create a solid body of work: the everyday, the ordinary and the commonplace; plotlessness; beauty; disarming; funny; hopeful and sympathy. My goal is to sell my work in prints and coffee table books. Next to my loving girlfriend I have many teachers. I am deeply influenced by the photographers Vivian Maier, Saul Leiter, Henry Cartier Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, and Sally Mann and great thinkers like Jordan B. Peterson, Michael Foley, Kate Raworth. And great artists like Shaun Tan and Rien Poortvliet. I am saving for a Leica Monochrome and in the meantime I shoot with a Sony Camera and Voigtländer Lenses.
I am still not sure how I will guide you through my universe. But if you dare to take a leap in a world that will never be even close to perfection but full of possibilities, imagination and transformation - you can jump into my normalness portfolio right now. Follow the white rabbit!!