AIR OF MYSTERY - An Editorial by Anouk Brouwer' - November 2022
Anouk Brouwer is a Tokyo-based artist who, through emotive photography, portrays beautiful and thought provoking tales. In her latest work, she presents to us “ Air of Mystery.” Created in collaboration with the ever eclectic Japanese show girl Kily Shakley, “Air of Mystery” explores introspection brought on from the world of burlesque.
Through her performance, Kily fluidly transforms herself into a number of expressive characters, yet off the stage she finds her true self to be more reserved; a trait commonly used in reference to Japanese people, especially women.
Japanese society is very complex and layered, as such, the aim of this project was to communicate its air of mystery(謎の空気). To execute this, Brouwer and Kily deconstruct societal standards and question what it means to expose oneself in Japanese society. This is eloquently portrayed through the figurative and literal removal of these layers using the traditional Japanese Kimono as it’s motif.
Anouk Brouwer 'Mitosis' - August 2022
Tokyo photographer Anouk Brouwer brings us a new series about letting go of the ‘old self’.
MUSHOKU 無色 - July 2022
My mushoku (colourless) was vanquished, banished to the past. Gone were the days of world overcast. A life of yūshoku (coloured, 無色), vivid and vast.
This week, we saw our first shoot in Japan with fab photographer @anoukdbrouwer! She introduces model Yuki in this exclusive fashion editorial, where, together, they explore what it's like growing up as a young male in Japan. Yuki visually expresses how he experienced “the colour white” as a blank canvas growing up; a feeling of lack of experiences, but also a feeling of “nothing is impossible”.
Metamorphosis - June 2022
The process of growth, a process most effective when its concealed from outer eyes. After all; before the caterpillar turns into a butterfly, there is a period of being dysfunctional. This series celebrates exactly this.
Memory Does Not Forget - February 2022
Feelings of being haunted by past experiences; memory does not forget.
Possession - January 2022
I’d love nothing more than to have you near, but I can’t reach. I know it’s not over yet, you are still under my control. Kana Kitty photographed by Anouk Brouwer.
THE SABUKARU GUIDE TO KANAZAWA - November 2021
Follow the Sabukaru team through Kanazawa.
BYBORRE EDITION 9TM SABUKARU EDITORIAL - October 2021
Inspired by BYBORRE’s signature knit technology, we chose to photograph the indoor portion of the editorial in a traditional tatami room. Paying special attention to the patterns that adorn the edges of each tatami mat, we aimed to highlight the attention to detail and craftsmanship that goes into each stitch - of the tatami and the garments alike. To contrast the coziness and warmth of the indoors, we showcased the more rugged and technologically-adept items in the lush Japanese nature.
Taking the BYBORRE knit from an old tatami room to the outdoors while showcasing it in very contemporary styling, we assembled a team of sabukaru favourites to make it happen.
“To be a human being is to be in a constant state of objectification, expectation and scrutiny. Breathing, moving, speaking and dancing is to be sexually and aesthetically evaluated. I live to explore all the aspects of what it means to be a woman; what it means to be Anouk, continuously seeking, seeing, being seen.
In this series, I collaborated with Kily Shakley, a Japanese showgirl who grew up on the other side of the world, but with whom I connected beyond prediction. We talked about female prejudices in Europe, the USA and Asia, we reflected on our feminine and masculine characteristics and we discussed who it is we exhibit ourselves for, for the world to see.
How would our behavior change if we knew no one was watching? This project replies to that complex question. No matter how much life can feel as a performance, I perform for my eyes alone.”
Photographs for Earth Day that consider our precarious place in nature - April 2021
Through the lens of a handful of photographers we’ve featured recently — some of whom contributed to our monthly photo submission series — we take a look at nature, our relationships to it, and how we often lose sight of its importance. From Mount Fuji to the Mexican border, Egypt to Atlanta, here is Earth Day in photos.
Anouk Brouwer, Tokyo, Japan
“Stuck in our own bubbles, in our own realities, dreams and personal interests; let us not forget our mother earth."
A Moment With Karyse Coley - February 2021.
“This story is inspired by the relationship I have with myself. The muse for this serie, Karyse, is one of the most humble, kind, empathic and unapologetic souls I crossed paths with during my quest towards self-expression. Her sense of independence, humor and strong political views have inspired me. She is a free woman, setting an example to the world in how to be the woman of your own dreams.”
The importance of the body in the shots of Anouk Brouwer - January 2021.
The only universal language is that of the body. If a person tells us in a language we don’t know that they’re sad, we’re not able to, but if they’re crying we immediately understand their mood.
Our body is a very powerful means to convey thoughts, emotions and feelings, we just need to know how to use it. Anouk Brouwer certainly knows how to do it, and her photographs are undeniable proof of this.
“信頼” – A series about ’Trust’ - January 2021.
Sometimes it is not an easy road to trust someone. Because first you need to trust yourself. This series of photos by Netherlands born, currently Tokyo based photographer Anouk Brouwer starring muse Kana Kitty shows how liberating it can be to surrender to someone and simply trust.
““信頼”, the Japanese word for trust, honors my relationship with Kana and all she taught me. Our paths crossed at an interesting point in both of our lives in 2020 and within months she was able to steal my heart and give it back in a different shape, changed forever. I have been struck by her fluency in the languages of courage, imagination, sensibility and trust. Trust in herself. Trust in her body. Trust in me.”
"Rebirth" Anouk Brouwer - December 2020.
Free-flowing energy and careless experimentation of self-expression are all part of the pain and beauty of growing up. Photographer, Anouk Brouwer, captures the essence of this step to adulthood, where the innocence and vitality chaotically swirl in the heart of youth. Model, Toushi Ishii, sets his energy free out in nature, revealing the vulnerable yet alluring transition in life, full of curiosity to tirelessly conquer and challenge the norm of the society that surrounds him. Makeup+Hair by Mutsumi Miyazaki and all clothing by Nana Miyashita.
Feels Like We Only Go Backwards By Anouk Brouwer - December 2020
A KALTBLUT EXCLUSIVE. Creative director Anouk Brouwer teamed up with models Yudai Tateishi and Koshiro Tsuchiya to create ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’. Makeup and hair was done by Mayuko Okada. ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’ is an ode to a previous love and visualizes the discomfort, but acceptance of missing someone. The physical bodily pain has transformed into gratitude. This story is my way of saying “thank you for all you taught me. You live inside of me”.
Anouk Brouwer 'Irrationality' - November 2020
It’s a pleasure to introduce a new contributor, Tokyo creative Anouk Brouwer. Anouk‘s concepts are cooked up from inner thoughts & experiences, then translated through the bodies of her subjects. Treating the human body as an instrument with its own individual language results in honest images. It is her aim to trigger the imagination of the viewer & to inspire people to shape an unparalleled individual opinion. Today she presents her debut series entitled ‘Irrationality’.
“On a sunny day in Tokyo, four artists came together to visualize the story of Solène & Lin. This series ‘Irrationality’ is inspired by the story of the two artists who fell in love without speaking each other’s language. Their bodies became a tool of communication when words fell short. Living in a world in which everything is “explained” through rationalities, love is the only thing that cannot be defined, it is felt. It is totally, completely & amazingly irrational.”
When It Rains... - September 2020
"The process of gathering inner spiritual light is what makes us feel alive. A story shot in Tokyo by Anouk Brouwer."
Editorial: Alter Ego - July 2020
"Artist and photographer Anouk Brouwer shoots an incredible story inspired by the streets of Tokyo and the complex and fascinating Japanese culture. In this editorial, Anouk challenges gender norms and its unwritten rules of self-expression and self-acceptance. Styled by Yuki Yoshida. Hair & make-up by Mayuko Okada. Model Hyo Kagou.
THE QUEST - July 2020
"This series, ‘The Quest’, expresses curiosity and illustrates the importance of questions. This story focuses on the following of ones instinct and the many emotions that can arise when we start questioning ourselves, all visible through the human body.
Coming to Japan by myself during times of a global pandemic was an experience fueled by questioning myself constantly; an experience I captured through the lens."
Anouk Brouwer Seijakusei - June 2020
Netherland photographer Anouk Brouwer & her team meet up on a hot & humid day in Tokyo – four women from four different continents unified with the purpose of creation.
“With vulnerability as the main theme, we spoke about what it means for us to let our guards down, what we fear exposing to the outside world & about the differences between physical & emotional exposure. Topics of racism, body positivity, judging other women & self-acceptance arose. This day was immensely empowering as we all gave each other space. Even if we could not understand, we listened, learned & loved.”
Interview with Filmmaker Anouk Brouwer - April 2020
"With this film I wanted to express my love for body motion and the different messages our instrument can send across. I wanted to visualise the power of the way we move our body in this complicated world. The moving body offers an unrelenting dialogue.
Overall, I wanted to express that without words, we can communicate everything. I am always focused on discovering innovative ways to look at the world around me, and I see that we, as the human race, tend to focus on what differentiates us from each other. I believe that body language can bring us back together."
Director Biography - December 2019
"Anouk Brouwer is a conceptual filmmaker at the start of her career as a director, seeking to create visual artworks with maximum abstraction, triggering the imagination of the viewer; a permanent quest to leave Earth as it is and reconnect with one’s true inner fantasy."
Body Language by Anouk Brouwer - October 2019
"The experimental short film consists of three sceneries, in which the protagonist finds herself in three different environments, ultimately affecting the manner in which she moves her body."