In the series Dutch Light, Thirza Schaap searches for the beauty that the old masters saw in the light of the Netherlands in the 19th century. Back then, people thought the reflection of the Zuiderzee, a huge inner sea, gave it its unique quality of light. In the 50′s, after the reclamation of the sea, a group of artists decided to champion the survival of this specific clarity of light.
Since the sea has became a lake and is now pierced by the dike in the middle, Thirza placed her set in the middle of the old Zuiderzee and got all the benefits of its special light. Though the photographs are taken against a black backdrop, the light becomes visible on the skin of the model and in the textures.