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About The Project

‘The Bush Monster’ is a photographically illustrated rhyming story for children inspired by both my son and nature in my garden, located in the Dutch woodland region ‘The Veluwe’. The project tells an unusual story of a bush monster who is used to hunting creatures that are different than others and chooses a wooden reindeer as his next target.

Having a child who is being raised in multiple languages by two parents who have different nationalities, for me as a mother means paying extra attention to how well the child fits into a local children’s social circle. Bullying happens across all ages, to children and adults alike. People who are bullied often feel miserable, scared, hurt and ashamed. Quite often the person being bullied suffers in silence and feels lonely. This peculiar tale, which is dedicated to my son, can serve as a starting point for a more in-depth discussion between an adult and a child, raising questions around such topics as bullying, being different, envy, empathy and forgiveness.


‘The Bush Monster’ is a conceptual continuation of the rhyming story ‘What happens to leaves when they fall off trees?’ and illustrates a story with nature photography told in an anthropomorphistic manner and with an emphasis on pareidolia, highlighting arbitrary connections in nature that lead to new meanings by combining, cutting, adjusting, rearranging, decolourising, flipping, inverting, layering and mirroring digital photographic images to achieve unusual combinations which the viewer can decipher together with the complementing textual information. The project also includes digital pinhole and reversed lens images. It all includes work from other mediums such as handmade paper, organic matter and a sound track, allowing the playfulness and experimentation to further enrich the project, and providing an opportunity for children to interact with the story by actively involving visual sense in combination with textual information and auditory and tactile senses, offering a more complex engagement.

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On October 14, 2023 during the 6th Apeldoorn Photo Festival the interactive storybook 'The Bush Monster' (2023) was launched at Nawijn & Polak bookstore in Apeldoorn city, the Netherlands, where it is also currently available for purchase.

Originally developed in 2022/2023 as a Final Major Project during the MA Photography course at Falmouth University, this book was published in the fall of 2023 in 15 copies in which interactive elements are added by hand. 


Book Launch


This book contains handmade paper, organic matter and a transparent bag made from biodegradable plastics (made from plant biomass). The interactive elements are added by using  solvent free glue. The book is printed on a solvent-free paper and produced in an environmentally friendly manner in the Netherlands.

The book includes a post-reading activities section with such fun tasks as photography hunt and creating your own story from a set of images.


Interactive Photography Showcase

During the 6th Apeldoorn Photo Festival interactive images from the project The Bush Monster are on show from October 2 until October 29, 2023 at Apeldoorn City Hall, the Netherlands. 


Virtual Photography Exhibition

During the 6th Apeldoorn Photo Festival the project The Bush Monster can be seen virtually from September 24 until October 29, 2023 online. During the exhibition period there is an Activities Booklet available with fun tasks, including a photography hunt. The virtual exhibition is created on the platform.


Collective Artwork Exhibitions

The image 'Oak tree's glasses' from The Bush Monster project was included in the open-space installation at Noorderlicht International Photofestival 'Regenerate', open to public from 18 November to 10 December, 2023, at the Nieuwe Markt in Groningen, the Netherlands.


The image 'Distorted reality' from The Bush Monster project takes a part in Expo Metro collective artwork showcase on December 2nd, 2023 at New York Times Square, USA. The collective art showcase includes works by 593 artists from 60 countries on a giant 20 x 50ft digital billboard just above the iconic I❤️NY store.

'The Bush Monster' image took a part in Expo Metro Barcelona Art Tunnel collective artwork showcase from June 15 until June 28 in Barcelona, Spain. A giant 180 meters long billboard hosted 1327 artworks by 837 artists from 38 countries.


Solo Photography Exhibition

The project was exhibited at the performance and event venue Kulturhus EGW in Epe, the Netherlands from April 4 to April 28, 2023.


Media articles:

Feature in SOBER. magazine

Feature in Artist Closeup Magazine May 2023 edition

Interview Article In Het Schaapskooi newspaper

Online Article On The Latvians Abroad Association’s Website

Online Article On The Latvians in The Netherlands Website

Newspaper article in the Dutch regional newspaper Rondom de Sprengen

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