March 8, 2022
HOW DOES MY BODY HOLD ME IN THIS MOMENT AND TIME?
IN CONVERSATION WITH MG VANDER ELST
Photography by MG Vander Elst
Interview by Melanie Meggs
A native of Belgium, MG Vander Elst went to the United States to attend Atlanta's Portfolio Center, where she completed a program in Advertising Photography and graduated with Honors. Her career path has led her to New York City, where she has spent the last thirty years working as a photographer. Portraiture has been her foundation in her photography. When taking a portrait, MG is interested in revealing layers not always visible at first glance, wanting to capture those subtle nuances and the intimate moments. Words that resonate with her are "vulnerability and authenticity".
Today is International Women's Day, a global day that we can imagine a gender equal world and a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. MG shares with The Pictorial List, her poetic self exploration project “How does my body hold me in this moment and time?” MG's sustained attention to examine her body led her to examine herself. With this steady attention to herself, MG rekindled the lost friendship she once had with it and is now accepting how her body holds her in this moment in time.
"With significant changes happening in my life I am returning to myself to find answers. How am I shifting and grappling with the change? What is the language of my body? What does this stillness mean? How does my body hold me? How do I make peace with myself?"