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Lonneke Van Der Palen: Souvenir (detail)

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Photographer Lonneke Van Der Palen plays with your mind with alternative holiday snaps

Dutch photographer Lonneke Van Der Palen has received a lot of attention recently for her Souvenir series, and rightly so. Subtitled Memories of a journey never made, it’s an extraordinary collection of images which mixes imagined holiday staples – like a rolling wave, a sunset and even the Egyptian pyramids recreated in her studio – with surreal abstract still-lifes and even the odd portrait. It’s difficult to describe quite why these photographs worm their way into your mind so effectively but it’s something about the lurid colours and range of textures combining to give the whole series a slightly disconcerting dream-like feel.

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Lonneke Van Der Palen: Souvenir

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Lonneke Van Der Palen: Souvenir

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Lonneke Van Der Palen: Souvenir

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Lonneke Van Der Palen: Souvenir

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Lonneke Van Der Palen: Souvenir

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Lonneke Van Der Palen: Souvenir

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Lonneke Van Der Palen: Souvenir

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Lonneke Van Der Palen: Souvenir

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Lonneke Van Der Palen: Souvenir

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Lonneke Van Der Palen: Souvenir