Scarlett Hooft Graafland Travels to the Most Isolated Places on Earth to Make These Unique Images

Dutch photographer Scarlett Hooft Graafland is a nomadic photographer who travels the world in search of unique people and places to shoot. Whether she’s in the salt deserts of Bolivia, the Canadian Arctic, or on the remote island of Madagascar, Graafland’s goal is to merge with her surroundings and capture the local sights and culture in unique ways.

Graafland’s passion for photographing isolated places has taken her from Vanuatu, Iceland and China, to remote areas in the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and beyond.


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Before embarking on a journey Graafland spends weeks researching and preparing for her destination. Once she arrives on location she works closely with local inhabitants to understand their social issues before beginning to tell their stories with her camera.


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Based in Amsterdam, Graafland studied at London’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, New York’s Parsons School of Design, and Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy. Her work has been widely exhibited throughout Europe as well as at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and at the Musee D’Orsay in Paris.


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Graafland’s work straddles the line between straight photography, sculpture, and performance art and has a look all its own with clean, simple lines and a combination of the natural and the fantastic.

You can find more of Graaflands remarkable work on an Instagram page devoted to her photography, and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram at @ShutterbugPix where we’re sharing our favorite photos from our followers.