NEW KID ON THE BLOCK
If you’ve been down Hoxton Street [quickly becoming the new Redchurch Street — more on that later] then you’ve probably seen her. Dark hair, zingy, colour-loaded outfits usually including at least one shade of neon, accessorised with a smile and sometimes her infectious laughter.
Shiba Huizer always makes me smile. We got to know each other whilst I helped my friend set up his shop, The Willow, last year.
Shiba also, always, carries her big camera around with her. At first I thought she was some sort of street style blogger. It turns out that she was in fact completing her final year as a Masters photography student at University of Arts London. Shiba is also Dutch. That could explain her fondness for florals!
Anyway, she just facebooked me about winning the Best in Class Award at her graduation show and the images you see here are proof that Ms Huizer is a name we’ll be hearing more of in the future. A lot more.
These images were shot in the Caribbean and they just blow me away. You could draw comparisons with fellow Dutchwoman Viviane Sassen’s “FLAMBOYA” series but I think that would be selling Ms Huizer short. Similar subject matter, yes, but what I get from Shiba’s work is a distinct sensuality and a wry eye. There’s a sense of campy fun no doubt but her approach to colour, light and the grace of her subjects makes the images warm and just a pleasure to look at. Well done Shiba! Love it.