One of my very first contacts on Twitter was a girl named IrisVank. She immediately came across as a sweet, interested person and apparently was the face behind the blog Enigheid. Iris seems a very modest person; she always apologetically questions her own contribution to the blogcommunity and keeps insisting she is an amateur of sorts with regard to her photo’s. I don’t presume to know if she is indeed an amateur but I do know I really love her work! I asked her a couple of questions and she kindly agreed answering them. I hope Iris will consider exploring the possibilities of selling these photo’s in some form, wouldn’t you love an Enigheid postcard in your mailbox?
Who are you and what is it you do?
I’m Iris Vank and during the day I am a policy advisor for a local government. In my free time I use my creativity online, through pictures on my blog and Instagram, and sharing ideas via Twitter.
When did your blog start and what kind of blog is it?
My blog started a year and a half ago, because I wanted to document my life in a creative and pretty way. I enjoy sharing curated pictures of my life with likeminded people, on a digital platform. My best friend (Anki from Zilverblauw) also started a blog and that won me over. My blog is about my life and my home. My love and I are renovating our house for a couple of years now (we’re doing almost everything ourselves) which is a considerable challenge. Not just the renovating but also photographing at home. Besides the digital pictures, I also photograph a lot with different analogue cameras. I often keep these images authentic, but sometimes I enhance them with Photoshop.
I’m not a technically skilled photographer, for instance I don’t have a mirror reflex camera (yet). I rely a lot on my gut feeling and enhance digital photo’s with photoshop or Instagram. Analogue is different, I also shoot these instinctively but I usually don’t enhance them: I quite like the surprise element of a roll of film.
Who are big examples or sources of inspiration in blogland?
I don’t see other bloggers as examples, but I do have a lot of sources of inspiration. Amongst others these are Seventy Tree, Ungtblod, A Merry Mishap, Old Brand New and Design for Mankind. In Holland a.o. Zilverblauw, Planet Fur, Studio Meez, Discodip, NinainVorm, MaandagDaandag, Rock that Horse and MiddleClassWhiteGirl. And I’m probably forgetting a lot of favorites, but you can read them on my list ‘ enige blogs’ in the side bar of my blog enigheid.nl.
What are our plans for the future with your blog?
Mostly keep doing the things that I love!
What inspires you other than blogs?
Conversations with friends and likeminded people inspire me enormously just as walking in the city and in nature and taking bike rides. Besides this I love visiting museums, listening to music and reading literature. I also love driving my car, because that sets my mind free to contemplate new things. The online world in itself is a neverending source of inspiration in which I often get lost. Sometimes so much so that I think I can’t contribute anything to all the beauty. But gladly most of the time this doesn’t stop me.