Ilya van Marle - People and Portraits

Intimate and intimidating at the same time. That is portrait photography.

Portraits have several functions that go beyond the immediate purpose of recording a likeness. They denote status, power and wealth, convey the construction of dress and fashion and give insight to personality and psychology, taking account of the codes of public and private portraiture and the conventions of male and female portrayal.

A portrait stands or falls with the meeting between portraitist and the 'sitter' , the one who is being portrayed. A connection must be created between them that is established through an interest in the other and based on mutual trust.

A portrait is a perception of the visible self. But there are more perceptions at play than just those of the photographer. The photographed person also plays a role: how does he or she see themselves? The end-user, the viewer, also perceives and influences the portrait.

How do you reveal what's happening on the inside, if all you can show is the outside?

 

The question of perception is a primordial question of photography: "What do I see?" The portraits of Ilya challenge to "see" differently, to consciously perceive, to search for different layers and to think about the moment when the shutter closed. Did that moment take a millisecond, a day or maybe two weeks? For example, in the portrait of the Van der Borch family, the image is the result of weeks of concentrated work, holding on to tension and allowing spontaneity when the opportunity presented itself.

With the portrait of Van Uhm, you assume that he mourns the loss of his son. But it is different. The original question has no definitive answer. She is a question with countless answers. Ilya's answers, his answers, invite viewers to think about this question. This small website is an invitation:

What do you see?

Kofi Annan. Secretary-General of the United Nations between 1997 and 2006

Kofi Annan. Secretary-General of the United Nations between 1997 and 2006

Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Secretary-General of the United Nations between 1997 and 2006, and the founding chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation, which seeks to mobilise political will to overcome t

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The Trade Mission. Portrait of Lilliane Limpens

The Trade Mission. Portrait of Lilliane Limpens

Trade mission - DollsVilla   You wouldn't say it, but you can conquer the world with dollhouses. Liliane Limpens (DollsVilla Global) sells them everywhere.

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Gramble World. A video game portrait

Gramble World. A video game portrait

Gramble World - A video game portrait. An effort that represents Gramble World as  “a video game portrait”, using game elements as the foundation to express the core of the company. 

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A family portrait

A family portrait

A photography family portrait featuring husband, wife and their two sons.  Some information about creating a family portrait: 

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Twin sisters met o.a. Annemarie Slotboom

Twin sisters met o.a. Annemarie Slotboom

Dolly Twins Paradox - A Dolly Parton tribute and a wig.  Commissioned portrait by De Volkskrant.  Ilya about making this photographic portrait The Dolly Twins: 

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Klantvragen kunnen vanuit huis beantwoord worden.

Klantvragen kunnen vanuit huis beantwoord worden.

Fotografie Programma Graag gedaan – Gemeente Eindhoven - Dienstverlening  Klantvragen

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Samen voorbereid begint mijn nieuwe toekomst vandaag

Samen voorbereid begint mijn nieuwe toekomst vandaag

Fotografie Programma Graag gedaan – Gemeente Eindhoven - Dienstverlening  Klantvragen

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Ik ben blij dat de gemeente snel kon bijspringen toen ik het nodig had

Ik ben blij dat de gemeente snel kon bijspringen toen ik het nodig had

Fotografie Programma Graag gedaan – Gemeente Eindhoven - Dienstverlening  Klantvragen

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Dankzij de gemeente heb ik nu minder last van mijn schuldenzorg

Dankzij de gemeente heb ik nu minder last van mijn schuldenzorg

Fotografie Programma Graag gedaan – Gemeente Eindhoven - Dienstverlening  Klantvragen

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Ik hoefde maar te klikken en mijn verhuizing was in orde.

Ik hoefde maar te klikken en mijn verhuizing was in orde.

Fotografie Programma Graag gedaan – Gemeente Eindhoven - Dienstverlening  Klantvragen

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Portrait of Frits Frenkel.

Portrait of Frits Frenkel.

Arnon Grunberg about Mr. Frits Frenkel:  "...Few publishers can say that they have published a book from their landlord.

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Big Island landscape Photography by Ilya van Marle

Big Island landscape Photography by Ilya van Marle

Landscapes of Heritage. Dancing Trees.

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Volcanic mass on earth

Volcanic mass on earth

Landscapes of Heritage. Dancing Trees.

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Volcanic mass on earth . Hawaii.

Volcanic mass on earth . Hawaii.

Landscapes of Heritage. Dancing Trees.

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Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park preserves the intimate connection between the natural history of the region and Native Hawaiian culture

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park preserves the intimate connection between the natural history of the region and Native Hawaiian culture

Landscapes of Heritage. Dancing Trees.

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Portrait of famous Dutch actor Arjan Ederveen

Portrait of famous Dutch actor Arjan Ederveen

"I recently saw two people crawling close to each other in the room, arms around each other, visibly moved. With a song about a turd! Isn't that too bizarre for words? " Arjan Ederveen 

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Family Affairs

Family Affairs

A summer day. Birthday in the garden. We don't know Grandma's age, but she's from an elegant time. From the time that ladies wore straw hats and linen blouses. She is holding a gift.

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Commandant der Strijdkrachten - Dick Berlijn

Commandant der Strijdkrachten - Dick Berlijn

Dick Berlijn was born in Amsterdam in 1950. He is born as the first son in a military family, because father Dick Berlijn senior was also a general at the Royal Air Force.

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Epke Jan Zonderland

Epke Jan Zonderland

Epke Jan Zonderland . Small break between training sessions.    Ilya about the photographic portrait of Epke Zonderland :

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Portrait of Peter van Uhm. Former commander of the armed forces. 

Portrait of Peter van Uhm. Former commander of the armed forces. 

Portrait of Peter van Uhm. Former commander of the armed forces. 

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'Tableau Vivant'​ van der borch van verwolde

'Tableau Vivant'​ van der borch van verwolde

'Tableau Vivant'​ van der borch van verwolde  Family portrait van der Borch van Verwolde'. A family portrait. 

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