Artist's Statement

 

Having lived in Belgium, Europe for many years, I was surrounded by beauty and history, but the kind of beauty that made me make up stories, inventing a world of my own, strongly influenced by images in magazines and movies, and coming to life in the lush countryside that surrounded me.

My thoughts were often drifting away from my careless and wonderful childhood.  I guess my parents and sisters just had to cope with it.  From an early age, I lost myself in museums, in dance and the grace of the human body and developed a fondness for movies and fashion and more in particular for the images of Sarah Moon.  No one has touched my soul as much as she has.

I realize that faces, the atmosphere of grain, movement, the touch of fabrics, longer exposures, simple gestures, ethereal moments that only I see at a particular moment in time, the darker poetic side of someones personality, is what I want to bring into my portrait work.  I embrace the imperfections.  Everything that surrounds us moves all the time, but there is a mystery and profoundness in simple gestures.  

I mainly work in muted colors in digital format and I print on  fine art papers, but I also work on personal projects in digital and traditional media as black and white silver gelatin prints, printed in my darkroom.

I left everything I ever knew behind to move to Los Angeles and was injected by a new wave of fresh but often-too-hot desert air.  It made me look forward, less depending on the past.  I have met some wonderful people here, they contribute to whom I have become as a photographer.

"What I depict is born of one or many episodes that I observe in the lives of all men and women, the history of small events.    " ... everything that we do, everything that we are, call to art and ask to be revealed." - P-J Proudhon

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