The Naked Photographer Who Puts Himself in Portraits of His Creative Idols

In Vinny Vlemmix's latest portrait series, he's always somewhere in the background. With no clothes on.

by Vinny Vlemmix
09 January 2019, 9:15am

All photos: Vinny Vlemmix

This article originally appeared on VICE Netherlands

Vinny Vlemmix is a photography student at the Fotoacademie in Amsterdam. For the 20-year-old's latest project, "Kunstenaar & iK" ("Artist & I"), Vlemmix has captured portraits of his favourite artists in a space that they feel most connected to, as a way of peering into their creative process.

Vlemmix recently came by the VICE office to talk us through the project. We nodded along, only mildly interested, since it's not the most original idea to ever pass over our desks. But when he explained that he appears naked in the background of each photo, he had our full attention. In some he's standing in the centre of the frame, clearly present in the images, while other portraits require a quick game of Where's Wally to spot him.

The project is still in development, but he gave us permission to publish a few shots.

Scroll down to see photos from Kunstenaar & iK.

Dylan van Vliet
Roland Maas
Nenah en Naomi Gorissen
Sabine van Wechem
Simone Engelen
Guido de Heer
Ruud Schovel
Yannick Jean