Katarzyna Heeringa (b. 1969) is a photographer of Polish descent. Upon completing her studies she moved to the Netherlands. At the age of forty-five, after a long career in a different branch, it was time for a change. She decided to enrol at the prestigious Amsterdam Academy of Photography (Fotoacademie Amsterdam). This rigorous three-year programme allowed her to fully develop herself as a photographer, to choose the right path and to be where she is now. She lives in Woerden.
It is a certain fascination to observe people. That which others pass by makes me pause. The trivial things intrigue me most. People with their shortcomings, expectations, insecurities. I preserve those images. They form the foundation of my work. I find inspiration everywhere, from news reports to a visit to the local supermarket. After that it is merely a matter of building up the scene. There I seek perfection. The aesthetics are important to me. My image has to be just right. I use any means possible for this. The essence remains, the rest takes shape in my mind. I am an image-maker, the camera is my tool.