Matthijs is a conceptual & storytelling and portrait photographer based in Haren, The Netherlands. With an artistic mind he tries to create one picture stories. His award winning works are published internationally. He works for international clients as well for individuals who want their stories to be told.
"Smilde's art blurs the lines between nightmarish and dreamy visions, combining haunting and frightening details with tender and magical attributes, creating a hypnotic and wild setting in which the viewers mind can loose itself and explore its own inner tales.
In his compositions, the artist expertly uses and creates tension between opposing medians, big and small, light and dark, soft and hard, making his imagery incredible powerful, eery and foreboding all the while never revealing the true meaning and message of his art works and thus forcing the viewer to engage and personally make sense of what seems at last hard to grasp.
A true master of visual storytelling, Smilde utilizes the viewers own and personal refections in creating all encompassing fairy tails that relate to anything and everything, making them applicable to almost any situation and circumstance. It's graceful and magical imagery, full of life and excitingly far away from it."
Heist Gallery, London