Another lovely set. I wonder if you could tell me more about the series, the way you shoot, the hours, the thought behind them, you know like a lecture!
Since I dislike the conceptual-spiritual production of images, I keep my photography very simple. Basically led by astonishment about my environment, by the light, by certain (professional) aesthetics, I’m just wandering around, using mostly a fuji x100. I noticed that my near world is full of images, and I’m also pushed by fear of loosing those. The fear about the slippery aspects of changing surroundings and the people behind it. My images are not relevant to art teachers and experts, who claim to be linked to the art scene; to me those images have the relevance of the moment, of a few days. Still I’m more and more convinced those images are unmasking some ideologies and people representing their hidden spirituality. (I regularly receive anonymous mails of people trying to convince me to stop publishing, and accusing me of bias…. It shows I’m just doing well…)
I hope this is a summary of my motives. As a Christian and a photographer I suppose it’s my duty to show our world, the way it affects me and I know this is a threatening experience for people, who have hidden opposite interests.
Thank you for this! And for the explanation on a previous post. I usually don’t seek information about the man behind the art, but I am really surprised by your work and its consistency. I like the way you write as well. It gives out more of an essence about you. Even your tags do so. Susan Sontag! I carry with me a book by Vilem Flusser: Fur eine Philosophie der Fotografie. It is a marvelous book, even if I don’t agree with some aspects. I would love to discuss it with you sometime, if you have read it.
And last but not least, I believe that by rejecting your work, your teachers did you a great favour back then and all this struggle has made you a better Christian and surely a better photographer.
You are quite right: sometimes one has to be humiliated by ‘experts’ to find a new stimulus, new incitement for his professional and spiritual life. Experiencing this abasement is surely a blessing : it made me a vigilant photographer, a better teacher, and (more important) a more consistent and dependent Christian. New insights turned out as well. For instance, in the recent past I would have never believed a person explaining to me the way the art-market really is organized. Now I’m still confused about the way a Chrisitan could be a contemporary artist. (Not just someone making illustrations of biblical scenery).
I’ll check the book you advised.
These images draw you in and are both interesting and surreal in equal measure. Great photographs.
This is Flanders 2013, shaped by catholic architects, untrained experts in urban planning and local politicians. A real paradise for a wandering photographer…
Amazing. Would love to try and photograph there. Maybe one day! Thank you for sharing
Please wait a little more : it’s cold in Belgium…. (This morning only 13°C…)
Brrrr! Maybe I will wait a little longer then my friend?
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