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State of Mind by Renata Dutrée

In the period following her graduation from the Photo Academy in Amsterdam (December 2019), Renata Dutrée has created a number of series with a strong personal signature. These series have been awarded many national and international prizes and several publications have appeared about her work abroad. Her staged portraits and still lifes are 'classic' with beautiful use of light and are full of references to symbolism, religion, art and history.

Renata Dutree: Woman with Grapes

Renata Dutree: Shadows of my Mind II (Portrait of Jude)

Renata Dutree: Shadows of my Mind II (Portrait of Jude)

Recurring themes of silent grief or hidden pain are depicted in careful and well-considered compositions. In the studio she creates a revealing atmosphere with light that is characterized by a certain darkness and oppression.

Renata Dutree: Mixed Moods

Renata Dutree: Mixed Moods

“It hurts me to see that so many people have to live under the yoke of racism, homophobia, and misogyny and will inevitably have to face an immense amount of discrimination in our society. My work evolves around this topic and I try to balance life’s books in a visual way.

 I’m fascinated by the deeply hidden pain of traumas in our minds and hope to reveal something about their existence via my photography. The grief and anguish that arises from not being able or allowed to talk about that trauma and therefore has consequences for one’s self-image and self-esteem. It is difficult to accept yourself and develop a positive self-image when society looks down on you because of your sexual orientation or gender identity, your skin color or because you are a victim of sexual abuse.

 With my Fineart portraits and still lifes I draw attention to the possible aftermath of difficulties that we may encounter in our lives and they transcend the individual story and reflect on what is happening around us.”

Renata Dutree: Time Will Tell, Woman with Vase and Pearls

Renata Dutree: Time Will Tell. Woman with Vase and Pearls

Pearls fall from a vase; petals fall from their flowers; empty oyster shells waiting to be weighed. The objects act as metaphors for something catastrophic that takes place in the person's psyche and outside the frame.


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Renata Dutrée




Renata was selected for GUP New Talents 2020, “&C Talent”- Academy and was nominated for both the DuPho SO 2020 Student Award and the DuPho SO 2021 Award. She was a finalist in prestigious international photography competitions such as Lensculture Portrait Awards 2020, Lensculture Black & White Photography Awards 2020, Life Framer Colors Winners 2020, 15th POLLUX Awards 2020, TIFA Awards 2020, IPA Awards 2020, 6th Annual Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards 2021, 7th Annual Fine Art Photography Awards, 16th Pollux Awards 2021, 16th Julia Margaret Cameron Award 2021, LifeFramer Colors 2021 and Masters of Photography Photo Competition Black&White 2021. International publications include Life Framer inclusion of the series 'Time will Tell' in 'The Collection ' (2020), Uncoated Platform, Collection of Contemporary Photo Talent with the series 'Time Will Tell' (2020), EuropeNow Journal (8-12-2020), Aesthetica Magazine (2020) and Fotonostrum Magazine issue 3 (2020).

Renata Dutrée

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