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Ashen Venema

During the 70s, Ashen travelled under a different name as a photo-journalist based in Munich. Her assignments were for theatres, galleries, artists, politicians, the Bavarian Royal Family, the Goethe Institute and the weekly 'Die Zeit'.

For several years, she worked as still photographer with film-productions by well known directors, including Volker Schlondorff, Margarete von Trotta and Wim Wenders.

Sadly, in a flash of anger related to her father, and to get rid of laurels, she burned her portfolio, including negatives.

Moving to England in 1978, Ashen did more studies and also qualifyed as a counsellor/psychotherapist.

During a sabbatical from employment, Ashen completed a Film degree. She participated in arts-funded events for disadvantaged young people, ethnic minority groups and prisoners, also providing images for exhibition and publications following these projects.

In more recent years she started writing. A first novel will be published in 2015.

When the light is right, picking up the camera becomes a compulsion. Ashen still works with her trustworthy Nikon. Only having been partially converted to digital photography, she is making a stand for soft gradients, grain, and the exact moment of perception and capture, revealing soul in fleeting expressions.

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