I have the urge to tell and am interested in observing human behavior. I try to highlight human emotions in my work and at the same time I see beauty in objects or nature. I guess most of my work would be categorized as 'social documentary', but also use my images as metaphors to tell my own story. But the images are never staged or altered, that would feel wrong. It feels like a relief to express feelings through images. I work with different cameras, analogue and digital, whatever is on hand..

Mascha Joustra graduated in May 2015 at the Fotoacademie Amsterdam, specializing in documentary and portrait series.

She graduated with a large series of photographs documented in a voluminous photobook called ‘Elders’ (‘Elsewhere’). The book has been shortlisted for the ‘Unseen Dummy Award “ in Amsterdam, september 2015 and has been presented during Paris Photo 2015 at the Polycopies event at the the Tipi Bookshop/Brussels. 

Her graduation series series called ‘Elders’ has been received very well and made entrance to several (inter)national exhibitions (see in menu 'exhibits and more'). In this large series of photographs her quest is finding out whether a historic dualism in religion in the Netherlands is still dominating the different regions. The series have been published several times and are as well bundled in a voluminous book entitled ‘Elders’ (‘Elsewhere’).

"Mascha's work has different layers and each photograph is demanding time from the viewer. Some images are poetic some direct, but her work is often asking for closer attention." ..

Also her (now) 16 year old daughter plays quite a substantial role in the series called 'fierce-fragile'.


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