“ That day, I thought that I held something important and that my life would be changed. But nothing of this nature is acquired definitively. Like water, the world traverses you, and for a while, lends you its colours. It then draws back, leaving you once again to face the emptiness that one carries in oneself, to face that central insufficiency of the spirit that one must learn to live with, to fight, and which, paradoxically, is possibly our surest driving force.”
Nicolas Bouvier, The Way of the World
I take photographs and I write. I go places, live, interview and record lives. « Documentary photographer » makes it serious, but at the end of the day, it’s a matter of making the picture with a sense of belonging, ethnographic intelligence and solidarity. Some people call it humanism, I just call it presence and understanding: my photographs are about them through me.
Photography is a dance, a recital and a play. My photography is about mouvements, about meanings, about beings. I am attracted by transition, migrations, metamorphosis, borders, the colour red, resilience, genders, snow, commitments and life before cities existed. I love complexity. I believe in visual culture, good boots and the changing lights of the seasons. I’m not a lonesome cowboy as without the work of the fixers, most of my photographs could not be done – we owe them a lot. I commit myself to long term projects for I know everything is too short. I deliver my pictures and my writings to NGO’s, they use it to make a difference. I stand at the intersection of activism and photography.
I studied History (MA) Anthropology (DEA), Philosophy (MA) and conducted a research (PhD) in epistemology about binary thinking applied to ecology, using ethnographic material from Japan. Books, wilderness, early morning cycling and (lots of) tea. If fire would catch in my place, I would save fire. I write captions and texts. I write poetry. I studied piano, I study the cello and there is always a musical instrument at hand. Chopin’s Ballade no. 1 in G minor Op. 23, reggae late at night and the Dance of the Blessed Spirits from Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice arranged for the cello. Light of course, contrasts for sure, contradictions always. More than feminist or ecologist, equilibrist and minimalist. I am doing my part.
Nominated, finalists or winner of these grants and awards : SPES Foundation 2012, Renaissance Photography Prize 2012, Deeper Perspective at International Photographer of the Year 2012, Lucie Awards 2012, IPA 2012 Top Country Picks for Belgium, Terry O’Neill TAG Award 2012, Leica Oscar Barnack Awards 2013, American Photographic Artists 2013, top-rated entry at LensCulture Visual Storytelling Awards 2014, top-rated entry at Magnum Photography Award 2016
Exhibitions: Mall Gallery in London, European Parliament, Museum of Photography in Charleroi, Palais des Expositions in Montreal, National Institute of Art History in Paris, Ecole du Louvre, Espace MAGH, Peinture Fraîche bookshop and art gallery, Cultural Center of the Embassy of Japan in Belgium, Cultural Center of Namur, Embassy of France in Dushanbe, Leica Gallery in Lille, …
They trust my skills : Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles, Théâtre de la Roseraie, Unité de Soins Palliatifs Saint-François, Fédération Wallonne des Soins Palliatifs, Fédération Bruxelloises des Soins Palliatifs et Continus, European Press Agency Osaka, NHK World, Artemis Productions, Centre d’Action Interculturel de Namur, Espace MAGH, Société de Croix Rouge du Luxembourg, Eurocontrol, Photographes du Monde, People in Need, ASIA-NGO, Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières, GERES, United Nations Offices in Mongolia, National Center Against Domestic Violence, Musée du Quai Branly, Bank of Asia, United Nations Fund for Population Activities-UNFPA, Terre des Hommes, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Unicef, Goethe Institut, Ambassade de France en Mongolie, Société de Croix Rouge de Belgique, UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup races Namur & Dendermonde, Belgian Cycling, etc.
They publish my pictures and my texts: 6mois, le Bec en l’air Editions, Leica France, magnumphotos.com, Nikon Belgium&Netherlands
Contact me for any assignment, and consider it done.