Jennifer Kesteleyn was born and raised in Ghent, Belgium. When she was in her childhood she was constantly drawing and painting. From puberty on she started writing poetry which resulted in a number of publications. Numerous jury reports mentioned the strong visual dimension of her poetry where the physical aspects were omnipresent.
On an artistic field things got quiet when she started studying Political Sciences at Ghent University. After obtaining her masters degree in International Relations and a six month internship at the Belgian embassy in Nairobi (Kenya) the foundations of her interest in photography emerged. What started with the idea of making good pictures during numerous travels quickly evolved into a profound passion for photography. During the time she was working on her PhD in International Relations she luckily was able to start evening classes in photography.
One could say that Jennifer Kesteleyn was photographically born on the December 31st 2015 whilst making a first auto portrait in an abandoned greenhouse. From then on she started working on the series called ‘Abandoned feelings’ which are a translation of the poetry she wrote in the past, combined with her adventurous nature. For now she’s on the verge of finishing her PhD and in the meantime taking her first footsteps in the field of professional photography.