The Other Side of Fear is Freedom


Androgyny, an interesting movement. It may have some extreme examples, but is growing quickly. The youth is caring less whether they’re a boy or girl. It’s a bit of a mix of both. Men and women are getting closer together. Micky Hoogendijk, made a exhibition ‘The Other Side of Fear is Freedom’, where we can see an androgyny picture ‘The Bride’.

What is it?

Micky Hoogendijk is a Dutch woman who already did a lot. She was an actress and a model. Now she makes photographs by using recurring themes like religion, society and mythology. Each work is intensely personal and takes both herself and her subject on a journey that provokes fundamental questions about life and our existence.


Special is that Hoogendijk takes the beholder on a journey into her universe: a dynamic and inspiring realm where visual arts, technology and theater melt together into photography.

Hoogendijkʼs work is known for its sharp iconic images that will certainly touch your soul. With her camera she tries to enchant the picture with lighting. Her images often contain religious and mythical themes as well as daily scenes. At the core of her work lies a quest for the majesty of vulnerability, an image without embellishment that captures the powerful essence of naked emotion.

Eduard Planting Gallery is presenting the exhibition ‘The Other Side of Fear is Freedom’ from Hoogendijk. This exhibition can be seen from the 10th of January till the 7th of March 2015. In ‘The Bride’ you can see a boy that she uses often as androgyn model. She wants to show us that sexes are getting closer and that it doesn’t matter anymore how you look like.


Why is it cool?

Androgyny may have some extreme examples, but it’s growing quickly. There are a lot of cool and inspiring examples, like Andrej Pejić who became multi-usable as model. Among others, he showed that Hema’s Mega Push Up BH could create a female form on a male body. Or think about Saskia de Brouw, whom is the first female model presenting the new male fashion line of Saint Laurent.


By the influence of individualism, androgyny had a chance to grow. People this time, dare to be different than others. The youth is becoming more transparent and shows us without doubt how they live and what they stand for.

For the future we can say that androgyny is not only about beauty, but also about roles. Are things getting more gender neutral? What would be the consequences for stereotypes and beauty? These may be questions we’re dealing with in the future. Especially, since we can see androgyny happen around us more often.


I found an article from ‘The Bride’ in the LXRY 01-02-2015. After that, I visited her page:

For pictures I went to:, and

I’ve also taken a look at:

Women in all its uniqueness


To determine what is masculine and feminine is part of our culture, but this will change over time. How do you behave as a man/woman? What you’re supposed to do? What role patterns? What we hang on whom we are to show that we are male or female? The Dutch Photographer Gaby Fling shows this well with her sensual images, in which the woman plays a major role.

What is it?

Gaby Fling is known for her national and international reputation. In her recent work, Fling shows us how beautiful, young, pretty, luxury and exclusive a woman can and should feel in the year 2015. For this series Fling headed off to cultural cities such as New York, London, Paris, Saint-Tropez and Ibiza. Her work is a sensational celebration of women in all its uniqueness. 

MISTRESS Amsterdam 1

Why is it cool?

In this signal we can see that Femininity is an important subject, but individualism and status are as well. At all times the woman had a certain role and this will develop further in the future. You always have to look to what time we live in, but for now we can say that women are becoming more powerful and stronger. They go along with the individualism and build a certain status. In this way they distinguish themselves. You are what you do.

Around us, we see a lot of examples of Femininity, with a touch of individualism and status. Viktoria Modesta, singer and model, shows us what imperfect means. When her leg had to be amputated it didn’t mean that she stopped following her dreams. She is the first leg amputee pop star and is encouraging everyone to always follow their dreams, no matter the obstacles. She makes her ‘imperfect leg’ a perfect accessory. Both the photography from Gaby Fling as well as the story from Viktoria Modesta inspire me. I think this will inspire other women and perhaps men to do what you love and do what you feel comfortable with.


Below you can see a video of Viktoria Modesta.

As said, the role of the woman will develop. We already have great examples and role models, but I think there will come many more, if we look at how everyone is getting more individualistic. Women can and may do more. This results in an even stronger woman in the future, where levels as economy also become stronger.


I went to The Masters of LXRY and I saw the pictures of Gaby Fling. After that I read an article about her in the ‘Beurscatalogus Masters of LXRY 2014’. I also visited her webpage:

I found an article from Trendpit about Viktoria Modesta on my timeline on Facebook: 

Besides I visited her own page: