Frisson; a shiver of pleasure by Berber Theunissen

Berber Theunissen, 26 year old photographer from the Netherlands.
“Equipped with a pentax 6×7 I capture the situations I have little grasp on.
Through photography, I create my own handhold in order to look at my life in a more objective way.”


“During the creation of my most recent series “Frisson; a shiver of pleasure”, I’d focus my camera on all things affecting me personally during the past period.”

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“All the things that I love, but also the things that make me vulnerable.”

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“I documented moments, feelings and memories in which these intense emotional situations were present or revolving around me.”

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“Something strange happened during the creation of this ongoing series.”

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“I realized I was not only photographing the things that affect me, but that I was also still searching for what affects me, the things that make me happy.”
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“I started to ask myself the question: how do I achieve the highest state of happiness? So instead of simply register things, this series became more and more like a quest.”
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“I was born in 1989 in Otterlo, a small village in the middle of The Netherlands. When I was 18, I moved to Amsterdam. June 2013 I graduated Cum Laude from the Photo Academy in Amsterdam. For my graduation series “Vagabond” I explored how one lives without a permanent home, and how it feels to wander between friends and family with few possessions. Next, I created “Dozen Of Bulls” during a trip with my grandfather through Iceland. January 1st 2015 I moved from Amsterdam back to the nature, the surrounding that inspires me most.”