How do you choose what to shoot in black and white and what in colour?
I mostly choose color for the clean portrait photographs. Like the portraits from the series “Stranger to Myself”, they are all made digitally and in color. For my more personal work I choose analogue, so I always have my small camera with me and I just shoot, without thinking too much about it. The black and white pictures seem more raw, more honest.
Are there some artists that inspire you?
There are so many good artists! But to name a few, I love the work of Dutch photographer Hellen van Meene and Belgian artist Dirk Braeckman.
What is important when you shoot a portrait?
Time. I use time to get the portrayed in a certain state of mind, so that they no longer pose but are comfortable and show me their inner self.
At least that’s what I’m trying to do.
Also letting them stare very long at one certain point (like they needed to do with the first camera’s with the long exposures) does something with the gaze of the portrayed. It links with something that Roland Barthes said about portrait photography “The photograph represents that very subtle moment when, to tell the truth, I am neither subject not object but a subject who feels he is becoming an object: I then experience a micro-version of death (of parenthesis): I am truly becoming a specter.”
When did you decide to start working as a photographer?
I always had a predilection for photography but is was after high school that I chose to study fine art photography and really got into it. Since then I knew this is what I wanted to do. I gives me such joy when I create something that I’m pleased with.
Do you prefer to work with friends or strangers?
For my personal work I prefer to work with the persons most close to me.
For my portrait series I like to work with both friends and strangers. Talking to other people gives me ideas and inspiration, so I like to meet new people, I’m always on the look for new models.
What are you working on right now?
I am now working on my personal series “Le Sentiment De L’Éphémère” and I’m studying to become an art teacher. Also I participate in the M Studios from Museum “M” in Leuven, BE.
Interview by Emma Elina Keira Jones