Comme une eau, le monde vous traverse et pour un temps vous prête ses couleurs. Puis se retire, et vous replace devant ce vide qu’on porte en soi, devant cette espèce d’insuffisance centrale de l’âme qu’il faut bien apprendre à côtoyer, à combattre, et qui, paradoxalement, est peut-être notre moteur le plus sûr.
Nicolas Bouvier, L’usage du monde
I take photographs and I write. I go places, live there, walk, talk – and feel. « 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. Some people call it humanism, I just call it presence.
My photography is about mouvements, about beings, about meanings. I am attracted by changes, conflicts, deserts, the colour red, resilience, genders and the snow. I love complexity. I believe in visual culture, my boots and the 4 seasons. 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 studied History (MA) and Anthropology (DEA) and conducted a research in Philosophy (PhD). Books, wilderness, early morning cycling and tea. If fire would catch in my place, I would save fire. I write captions and texts. I write poetry. I study the cello and there is always a musical instrument near me. Light of course, contrasts for sure, contradictions always. Neither feminist or ecologist, but equilibrist and minimalist. I am doing my part wherever and whenever I can.
My photographs are about them through me.
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, Festival International des Arts Forains de Namur, Artemis Productions, Centre d’Action Interculturel de Namur, Espace MAGH, Ecopostale, Société de Croix Rouge du Luxembourg, Eurocontrol, Photographes du Monde, People in Need Mongolia, People in Need Nepal, ASIA-NGO, Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières, GERES, United Nations Offices in Mongolia, National Center Against Domestic Violence, United Nations Population Fund, Terre des Hommes, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, etc.
They publish my pictures and my texts: 6mois, Editions Le Bec en l’air, magnumphotos.com, Nikon Belgium
Contact me for any assignment, and consider it done.