Originally born in New Zealand to a Dutch Sailor and an American Nun, Paul Hoelen has managed to put his four passports to excellent use before eventually settling on the beautiful, wild island of Tasmania.
Self-taught, travel-hungry, and with a healthy thirst to grow as an image-maker, Hoelen thrives on the challenge and freshness of shooting a wide diversity of genres, ranging from fine art nudes, landscapes, and large-scale event photography, through to fashion, travel, documentary, and environmental portraiture – though he’s most renowned for his exquisite landscape imagery, particularly from an aerial perspective.
Hoelen is a Master of Photography in the AIPP II and Fellow of the NZIPP II, two times winner and 4 x Finalist for International Photographer of the Year in NZ, three times Tasmanian Professional Photographer of the Year, and seven times Tasmanian Landscape Photographer of the Year. He judges regularly at a state, national, and international level, runs photography workshops worldwide, and writes for numerous magazines and publications. He is a member of the progressive landscape collaborative, The Light Collective, an Ambassador for Asukabook fine art books, and his work is represented by One Fine Print in Australia, and Source Photographica in Australia and the USA.
His multi-award winning documentary exhibition, Men with Heart, is currently travelling around Australia. Almost two decades in the making, it presents an intimate yet powerful exploration of what defines healthy masculinity in Australian culture today…