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Having the priviledge to investigate a person in such detail, the intimacy of being allowed to look deep into the individual's soul, to see all that richness of life lived in every smallest movement, they way the person breaths, the way the person lowers the head and raises his/her sight, the empowernment the individual feels with the couraging compliments, the truth, that I see through my lense.

There is no ugliness. Not in the true being. This is learnt and we believe in it. Everyone of us has the beauty within, this just needs to be found. I am on the quest to find that inner beauty."

Photographers Artistic Statement:


I use my camera as a tool to see into the soul of my subject. Portrait photography for me is the most intense, emotional, sensitive way to touch the soul of my subject. We all create borders to cover our truest identity, but in a trusting, healing environment there is a possibility to find the true beauty of the soul behind the person and capture a glimpse of this. It is always in the eyes, in the smallest manners and the position of the face, the shoulders.

I am not after classical beauty: we are all beautiful, one just needs to find the right angle. I am after the "truth", truth exposing a piece of itself connecting to the borders built. For me it is not a portrait, for me it is a window.


This defines me as a portrait photographer. I touch the individual soul and bring a little part of the truth with me through the lens.




-Some photos from the series


"Backstage" - Marnie Scarlet, Miss Botero & Bettie Blackheart (backstage at Blackheartball)

Some of the biggest starletts at the World Burlesque Scene.


So strong on stage, but off the limelight there are books full of stories to write.


Photographing World Known Burlesque starlets and seeing their strength, determination and concentration and transformation: mental, emotional and physical, watching the Art formed in front of your eyes and having the privilege to be the trusted spectator, takes the photographer to a journey.

©Rigulio Graak




"Timeless in Space" at the LemoArt Gallery, July 2016, at the "Alternate Universe" Exhibition by Rigulio Graak

Performed: Aldina Michelle Topcagic & Claudia Iglesias Ungo.  Photography: Rigulio Graak


No post-production apart from the colour enhancement


This is only small fragment of portraits on show