The birds, while shooting on assignment for Newspaper De Standaard.
Time sure flies…
I was traveling and photographing the North-Eastern part of the US and going in search of my hardcore roots, that were a part of my adolescence life. (and still are)
Fugazi’s music has been so important to me in so many ways and I still love their music as much as I did back then.
And today while talking to Nico, a friend and talented theatre maker, I had to think about the moment I was in the basement of Dischord House, where Fugazi rehearse and have recorded some of their albums. What was supposed to be a meeting and about an hour to photograph and talk to him, became an entire afternoon and a wonderful encounter between us. Ian told me that I must be doing something right because I was there in that moment, having a wonderful conversation with him in a basement in the middle of Arlington, West-Virginia and life was pretty good right?. It was…. and knowing where I come from, the road that I’ve traveled… today I was reminded again of the fact, that life is pretty good at this moment and I’m surrounded by some of the most amazing friends.
Her relentless campaign for girls and women’s rights was recognized a day before the International Day of the Girl Child and is an incredible strong signal to the world. Education is and remains key to change.
On my travels in Pakistan and Afghanistan, I’ve met many young brave girls like Malala that, despite the constant threat, defy tribal traditions and seek to be educated. For us in the West, it’s impossible to understand that going to school could mean you get killed by extremists. Yet thousands of girls get up every morning and go to school to become doctors, midwifes, teachers, engineers, etc…
The images below are of Afghanistan, were the educational system was almost completely destroyed by the Taliban.
“For we are like olives: only when we are crushed do we yield what is best in us.” Bohumil Hrabal
In the past months I’ve been following the whole process of how this performance is being developed. From the first times reading the beautiful text by Bohumil Hrabal, to testing out scenography and costumes. It’s wonderful to see a play literally appearing and shaping itself in front of your eyes.
Premiering on the 1st of October at Theater Zuidpool and playing there, and on tour throughout Belgium, until the 5th of March 2015
Last week I was surprised and very honored to find that fellow photographer and dear friend Muhammed Muheisen mentioned me in his online article on the American Photo website, where he is taking over their instagram account for a week.
Ever since I met Muhammed back in 2006 in Jerusalem, I’ve been inspired by his work and it’s so wonderful to know he likes my work as well. Thank you so much for the kind words Muhammed!
Today I’ve updated my Instagram feed with images I took on a trip to Afghanistan, photographing female Afghan parliament member Fawzia Koofi as well as researching stories on maternal health and woman, a subject that has been very close to my heart since I first started working in Pakistan in 2009.
I noticed that I started posting images on Instagram a little over a year ago.
Yet, I started photographing with my Iphone and the hipstamatic app in 2011.
For the fun of it, I went back into my archive to see what I had shot back then with my phone and there are still so many little gems and stories there that haven’t been posted on my Instagram because of this timing gap.
So I decided to finish my week delving in my phone archive and posting images from the ‘old box’ sort of say.
Today Afghanistan. Tomorrow back to Europe and my home town Antwerp.
I’ve had the pleasure of once more to work with the incredibly talented choreographer Jan Martens. From the very first moment I saw a piece created by him, I was blown away and could see that he is a raw talent and at such a young age already has developed a dance language of his own. From that moment on I try to see everything he makes and I’ve been fortunate enough that Jan allows me to photograph and film during rehearsals, to document his wonderful journey in creating pieces.
Building a mobile studio in one of the dressing rooms was not possible without the help and material of friend and fellow photographer Walter Saenen, who in this way helped me create the images I had in my head when I saw this show in sneak preview quite a while ago. Working in a studio setting was very new as well and it’s been wonderful to test this out, create images and learn.