London-based artist and fashion photographer Renate Ariadne van der Togt fell in love with the camera at a fairly young age. Being able to remember and reproduce dreams vividly from her early teens onward, she started using photography from the age of 17 as her creative outlet.
After receiving her Bachelor of Art from The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague in 2016, she’s been focussing her career on both autonomous projects and fashion photography, with quite striking results.
Featured by publications like Metal Magazine, Schon! Magazine and Grit Magazine, her work has also been shown in exhibitions in New York, Milan, and Amsterdam, amongst other cities.
“I’m incredibly fascinated by creating dream within reality,” she shared with i-D Magazine. “I’ve always been able to remember my dreams in the finest detail and it affects the way I look at my surroundings. In my attempts to capture a feeling of magic or surreal in reality, I draw inspiration from magical realist art and film.”
“My earliest memory of making images was the webcam,” she recalled. “I must have been around 11 years old when I started to make self-portraits with that bulky Logitect bulb on top of my parents PC in the living room. It was the first time I realized that a photograph isn’t a perfect document of reality — it’s rather elements of reality reconstructed to show whatever the maker desires.”
Take a closer look at some of her work.