Artist's Statement

 

Born & raised in Belgium, Europe for 37 years, I was surrounded by beauty, history and religion.  The kind of beauty that made me create stories, inventing a world of my own, strongly influenced by poetic 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.   In a way, I was quite "girly" but with a serious inclination to the darker poetry in life . 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.

Faces, the atmosphere of grain or blur, a touch of nostalgia, the beauty of motion, textures, longer exposures, unusual cropping - as humans who do not fit the mould -, simple gestures, ethereal moments that only I see at a particular moment in time,  are all relevant to what I want to bring into my portrait- and fine-art work.  I embrace aesthetics as much as the imperfections.  Everything that surrounds us moves all the time, but there is a mystery and profoundness in catching simple gestures.  

I mainly work in muted tones or b/w & sepia in digital format and I print on fine art papers.  Though lately I have been challenging myself by introducing more color as a means to expressing emotions.  

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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