I actually cannot express how much I adore these images, there is the painterly quality of Hendrik Kerstens and yet they are rawer, depicting subjects who do not possess conventional aesthetics. As the photographer himself says; he photographs the people we do not usually look at, often people living on the margins of society. His subjects include gypsy matriarchs, victims of abuse, addicts and so forth, who maintain a dignity and a strength of character that comes across to the camera. I think they are extraordinary.
How do you get light to look like this, is this large format portraiture, is it post-processing. I really want to know. Seriously!