Annelies Damen – Changing life to passion

When Annelies Damen and Marian Spier (Founder TEDxAmsterdamWomen) first met, they had an immediate connection. Years ago, following a successful a career, Annelies felt she needed a change and began, what she considers, her ‘second career.’

Through travel, Annelies began to see herself as a photographer. She wanted to combine her love for travel with creativity, and began Photography Academy in her early thirties. Annelies’s new career was a significant change. But it allowed her to let go of current patterns and comfort. The decision was intrinsically motivated and created a source of inspiration for future travel, ultimately guiding her to Africa.

Today, Annelies always photographs women; specifically, female forms in nature. During the TEDxAmsterdamWomen 2017 event, she displayed ten large-scale photo’s in the hallway which captured women connecting with their surroundings. Several of the images are part of a larger story. For example, following the trail of her grandmother in Indonesia. But as we inspect the images closely, Annelies reminds us of the, sometimes harsh, realities women face. Even when looking through a lens it is clear: “It’s harder for women to make a difference than men in certain parts of the world.”


Missed the event but still want to see more of Annelies? Check out her TEDtalk here!