‘Skinship’ means intimacy between a mother and a child. A maternal bond nurtured through touch. I heard this word a lot growing up, but never really understood its true meaning until I lost my mum. A few years later, my grandma was dying. I started taking pictures of her.
'Skinship' was my way of connecting and letting go. The graduation project for a documentary photography MA at LCC (University of Arts London) in 2015. Me and a group of grads took our projects to the photography festival Rencontres d’Arles a year later in true guerilla fashion.
I don’t photograph so much anymore. But the time I spent immersed in photography, being part of the Unseen Photo Fair family and later KABK Art Academy in The Hague, totally changed my process and perception. My writing and approach to conceptual thinking are better for it.