I hope you’ll check out and follow ‘Notes’, a new blog I started for my polaroid images. Enjoy!
With World Cup soccer fever upon us here in Belgium, I took a trip back into my archive to dig up some images I took while I was in Brazil over 6 years ago.
My stay back then was way too short and most of the time there, I spent visiting an uncle who moved to Brazil. But I have very fond memories of working a little bit in Rocinha, the biggest favela, in Rio de Janeiro.
On election day I went to the Zuiderpershuis where the supporters of PVDA+ gathered to see if their main candidate Peter Mertens would be elected into parliament.
It was incredibly close, and even with many more preferential votes to his name then various 130 people now voted into parliament, he didn’t make it because of the way our system in Belgium works…
When he arrived in the room, the applause was immense. Peter was dignified, the speech graceful and thankful, and in the room many sad faces and tears.
Weekly Magazine Knack published one of my pictures of that evening. Sadly again no mention of my name and the picture was very cropped. So here the original alongside a picture of how it was published on paper.
In the past 2 weeks I’ve been on the road with 4 incredible female Antwerp politicians, all campaigning in the upcoming 25/5 elections. Meyrem Almaci (Groen), Yasmine Kherbache (sp. a), Mie Branders (PVDA+) and Annemie Turtelboom (Open VLD)
DSavond published a small selection online tonight, and I’ve added a gallery with a big selection of the work I did with these ladies on my website. Do take a moment to see these incredible strong ladies in action, being moms, being kick-ass politicians and working day and night to get their political message out.