Back To Belgium Project started in 2017 after I came back for the first to Belgium after more than 30 years.
After so many years being away I needed to rediscover my home country. The years of absence made me feel like being a stranger in my own country. The only way to reconnect, at least for a photographer, is visiting the places where I was been as a child.
I spend many days walking in the streets and photographing what my eye was capturing. I’m used to work in studio or on location what I do consider as an outside studio and where I completely control the whole set. In studio or in outside studio conditions I build my complete aesthetic world with light. The complete shoot is always fully conceptualised.
Working in the streets is a different experience. In the street the eye works differently and the photographer needs to be much more aware for the unexpected, in fact we never know exactly what is going to happen. Every single moment can chance fast, and something unexpected can always appear suddenly. I also didn’t prepare myself and I just planned the destination without not really knowing what to find. Even I know the places from a few left memories all were somehow new to me.
Most of the pictures are first captured from a composition; a light, a shadow, color, a particularity… was always at the beginning of shoot, secondly people appeared in the frame.
Back To Belgium is a promenade in Belgium. A kind of search for finding an identity, or to experience a personal search of a newly contemporary.
Back To Belgium is exhibition and book concept that will be presented at Galerie Verbeeck-Vandijck in Antwerpen in October 2020.