'Adornments' by Carla van de Puttelaar

A white woman's cheek, neck and red hair turned away from the camera

While the Fox Talbot Museum is temporarily closed, you can still enjoy a selection of works by Dutch artist, Carla van de Puttelaar, from her current exhibition in the museum, 'Adornments'.

'Adornments'

The exhibition’s title comes from an Ian McEwan quote, referring to nature’s ‘adornments’ – freckles, moles and skin’s individualities. 

The photographs themselves are inspired by the work of the Dutch Old Masters, particularly Rembrandt’s nudes, and the Fox Talbot Museum gallery was painted a vibrant 'Dutch Blue' to reflect this. 

This inspiration can clearly be seen in Carla's use of colour and light, and portrayal of textures and surfaces. She shoots in natural, northern light to give her photographs a powerful, personal intensity. Her subtle use of colour creates a sculptural feel, shaped by the light and framing of the compositions. 

" Carla is one of the most significant photographers working today. Though her work is informed by the Dutch masters, the resulting images are fully modern and reflect a feminist view of the figures seen through the female gaze."
- Roger Watson, Fox Talbot Museum curator

The Fox Talbot Museum

The Fox Talbot Museum celebrates the history of photography, and is named after former Lacock Abbey resident William Henry Fox Talbot.

Fox Talbot famously invented the first photographic negative in the abbey in 1835.

‘We’re really excited to work with Carla,’ says museum curator, Roger Watson, ‘her technique is such a sumptuous blend of the modern with historic references to the Old Dutch Masters.  ‘There is a timeless quality of the images that carries the weight of history in modern works.’

" I consider it an honour that my photos will be exhibited at the UK’s birthplace of photography, and to have my photography connected to the achievements of such a distinguished predecessor as Fox Talbot. Lacock is one of the most beautiful places on earth, where natural light and nature are magical and where past and present come together. With my photos of women and flowers, I endeavour to evoke a similar timeless sensation, so with this exhibition everything comes together."
- Carla van de Puttelaar, artist

See for yourself

Scroll down to experience a selection of the photographs from 'Adornments' by Carla van de Puttelaar.

Please be aware that the selection contains nudes.

'Adornments' by Carla van de Puttelaar
'Galateas' © Carla van de Puttelaar
Bare back of a white woman with curly fair hair
'Galateas' © Carla van de Puttelaar
'Rembrandt Series' © Carla van de Puttelaar
A white woman lies on her side, facing away from the camera, another sits in front
'Rembrandt Series' © Carla van de Puttelaar
'Galateas' © Carla van de Puttelaar
A white woman's cheek, neck and red hair turned away from the camera
'Galateas' © Carla van de Puttelaar
'Untitled' © Carla van de Puttelaar
A white woman with curly red hair lies on her side, wrapped in a white sheet
'Untitled' © Carla van de Puttelaar
'Rembrandt Series' © Carla van de Puttelaar
A nude white woman with curly red hair lies on her back, a white silk covering her torso and draped across her legs
'Rembrandt Series' © Carla van de Puttelaar
'Galaxy' © Carla van de Puttelaar
A white woman's bare, freckled back
'Galaxy' © Carla van de Puttelaar
'Rembrandt Series' © Carla van de Puttelaar
A nude white woman with fair hair lies on her side on a piece of rich red fabric
'Rembrandt Series' © Carla van de Puttelaar
'Tactile Light' © Carla van de Puttelaar
A close up of a black woman's chin and chest with her hands crossed in front of her collarbone
'Tactile Light' © Carla van de Puttelaar
'Untitled' © Carla van de Puttelaar
A white women with curly red hair bends her head over her crossed hands
'Untitled' © Carla van de Puttelaar
'Rembrandt Series' © Carla van de Puttelaar
A nude white woman with long dark hair lies on her back, side on to the camera, her hands placed on her torso
'Rembrandt Series' © Carla van de Puttelaar
'Tactile Light' © Carla van de Puttelaar
A black women's hands are crossed in front of a black background
'Tactile Light' © Carla van de Puttelaar
'Tactile Light' © Carla van de Puttelaar
Two white women touch both their hands together
'Tactile Light' © Carla van de Puttelaar
'Rembrandt Series' © Carla van de Puttelaar
A white woman's hands and freckled arms against a furry background
'Rembrandt Series' © Carla van de Puttelaar
'Intertwined' © Carla van de Puttelaar
A plait of blonde hair is held in two white hands
'Intertwined' © Carla van de Puttelaar
'Tactile Light' © Carla van de Puttelaar
A white women's hands crossed in front of a black background
'Tactile Light' © Carla van de Puttelaar
'Tactile Light' © Carla van de Puttelaar
A white woman's hand placed over her side
'Tactile Light' © Carla van de Puttelaar
'Hortus Nocturnum' © Carla van de Puttelaar
Red-orange flower against a black background
'Hortus Nocturnum' © Carla van de Puttelaar
'Ophelia Series' © Carla van de Puttelaar
Red-orange flowers and green leaves against white skin
'Ophelia Series' © Carla van de Puttelaar
'Ophelia Series' © Carla van de Puttelaar
A nude white woman lies on her back, side on to the camera, with a curtain of flowers in front of her
'Ophelia Series' © Carla van de Puttelaar
'Ophelia Series' © Carla van de Puttelaar
A close up of a nude white woman's torso strewn with flowers
'Ophelia Series' © Carla van de Puttelaar
'Hortus Nocturnum' © Carla van de Puttelaar
Red-orange flower against a black background
'Hortus Nocturnum' © Carla van de Puttelaar