“I cherish a deep love for the Dutch Old Masters,” points out Netherlands based photographer Carla van de Puttelaar as the inspiration behind her new photography project called “The Rembrandt Series.” Featuring a visual spectacle of smart plays on lighting, shadows and masterful composition, Carla showcases the feminine body in all its natural glory. Steering away from conventional nude portraiture, Carla dug deep from the inventive processes that catapulted the artistic movement prevalent in the 16th and 17th century into this generation’s consciousness with a contemporary touch – all elevating her series into a must-see photography exhibition which is slated to run from February 11, 2016 to May 21, 2016 at the Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam.

© Carla van de Puttelaar

© Carla van de Puttelaar

© Carla van de Puttelaar

© Carla van de Puttelaar

How did the idea “The Rembrandt series” came about?

I have made a Cranach Series in the past (named after the 16th-century German painter) and I have always felt a strong connection with paintings. I love the Dutch and Flemish Masters from the 16th and 17th centuries. I work for the New York Times Magazine and the New Yorker and the light I use reminded them of Rembrandt in particular. A cover that I did for the New York Times Magazine last year especially reminded several staff members at the Rembrandthouse of a painting by Rembrandt when they were working on the exhibition Rembrandt’s Naked Truth and so they asked me to make a series inspired on the nudes of this great master. I immediately got inspired and made a large series of work which I have called the Rembrandt Series.

© Carla van de Puttelaar

© Carla van de Puttelaar

© Carla van de Puttelaar

© Carla van de Puttelaar

What do you think are the required skills for any photographer to continue elevating the art of photography?

Creativity, passion, focus, ownness, endurance, originality, and most of all an ongoing love for what you are doing. Look at everything around you, have a constant visual hunger and develop your eye for situations, composition and light. Have a love for your own work, but also for work of others from the past up to the present time. And be aware that inspiration is always emulation and never imitation. Find your own style, which will run through your veins like blood, as a part of yourself.

© Carla van de Puttelaar

© Carla van de Puttelaar

© Carla van de Puttelaar

© Carla van de Puttelaar

How did you set up each image from the series?

I built a black studio with daylight falling in from one side and selected a lot of clothing and draperies which I have collected for years, and which I felt would suit the series. I intensely looked again at the works by Rembrandt especially the drawings and etchings and stored them in my mind and while working, somehow a kind of posture, gesture, light would be just the magical moment and I would catch it for eternity.

© Carla van de Puttelaar

© Carla van de Puttelaar

© Carla van de Puttelaar

© Carla van de Puttelaar

What are the fascinating discoveries you had while shooting the series?

I found out that I could experiment a lot. Especially in compostion, creating powerful images that both work in robust forms and in subtile details. I worked even with three models at one time, which was challenging as I wanted to create new interaction, emotion and compositions. I had an explosion of inspiration which led me from one flow to the next one.

© Carla van de Puttelaar

© Carla van de Puttelaar

© Carla van de Puttelaar

© Carla van de Puttelaar

How different was this series compared to your other previous works?

It has has a lot of the characteristics of my other work, but at the same time it is more dynamic. There is a wonderful movement of shapes and lines within the pictures as well as through the series as a whole. To be able to work with so many inspiring models partly at the same time, gave an extra boost to my creativity. I have never made so much new good work in such a short time. It felt like a kind of fever.

© Carla van de Puttelaar

© Carla van de Puttelaar

© Carla van de Puttelaar

© Carla van de Puttelaar

Lastly, share to us your next photography series plans?

I always work on several projects at the same time. Some are just in a preliminary state. It can happen just by seeing some gorgeous vegetables that I discovered at a store the other day, the leaves had these wonderful veins and structure that I had to photograph them, day after day. Besides that I work on a large series of portraits, which I will continue for several years, but somehow it always has to do with my passion for the beauty of the skin.

© Carla van de Puttelaar

© Carla van de Puttelaar

© Carla van de Puttelaar

© Carla van de Puttelaar

© Carla van de Puttelaar

© Carla van de Puttelaar

To see more of Carla van de Puttelaar’s impressive photography work, check out her official website http://www.carlavandeputtelaar.com/