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Pakistan Photo Festival Fellowship

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I’m very excited and honored to be one of the jury members for the very first Pakistan Photo Festival Fellowship.

The goal of the fellowship is to help build a stronger social documentary photography practice in Pakistan by helping 15 selected students in developing in depth work on issue-based multi-media projects that highlight some of the most pressing social, economic, legal and rights struggles in the country.

The deadline to submit is the 20th of February 2017, so don’t hesitate to apply or share this with any Pakistani photographers who is interested in documenting in depth stories and who you think might benefit from this experience.

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Button

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Imagedesk.be makes a limited edition button postcard as a perk to go along with their monthly newsletter. This Month, they used my image of the Afghan juggling girl.

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Nikon Press Photo Awards

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I just found out last week that the work I submitted from Afghanistan in last years Nikon Press Photo Awards was one of the nominees in the stories categorie. It didn’t win the big prize, but it’s always great to see the stories you work on are being appreciated. Sadly no one notified me and I only found out because I saw one of my images online on their website. Lets keep it at saying there is still some room for improvement in communication.

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250 Likes

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250 likes on my Facebook photography page. Thank you!!

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Photoshelter Selects

I’m very happy that one of my images from the Pakistan Floods was selected as one of the images featured in the new mailing by Photoshelter called Selects. Sing up and receive weekly new inspirational images in your mailbox as well. Enjoy!

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Detroit

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Yesterday I read that Detroit, motor city and cradle of the automobile industry in the USA, has filed for bankruptcy, being the largest city to ever do so within the United States.  After having visited the place on my North-Eastern American road trip two years ago, I was not surprised at all by this news…

I have hardly visited a huge city that was as desolate and such a ghost town… Apparently once the fourth biggest and most populated city of the country, it has now lost around 2/3rd of it’s population after the collapse of the car industry and the continued economic crisis. Everywhere you look you see derelict and abandoned buildings, giving the city an eery feel.

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While there, I met Dave, Blue and Joe, who call themselves the 3 amigos. All 3 were unemployed and I found them drinking a beer in the sun outside a general store. Since October 2011 Michigan law stops all benefits for people who have been unemployed for over 2 years, increasing the problems even further in a city where jobs are hard to come by.

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The majestic former train station is in utter decay and is still waiting to be restored and find a new purpose. Apparently there have been dozens of plans for this beautiful building, but none have been executed so far and there is talk of corruption and mismanagement. The debt of Detroit is estimated to be $18 billion or perhaps even as much as 20 billion dollars.

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Even so, I met some incredible warm and wonderful people in Detroit and all the other former industrial cities I visited during my trip ‘Looking for Dave’. And despite all the decay, the poverty and the somehow desperate feel of the city, two experiences of beauty and fun will remain connected to Detroit for me.

First is the incredible beautiful mural by Mexican artist Diego Rivera in the Detroit Institute of Arts, depicting the Detroit car industry. A true treasure whose sheer beauty just blew me away.

Secondly, besides cars, Detroit is also the birthplace of Motown records and so I had to visit the place where all these legendary songs were recorded. In the house that is now The Motown Museum, you have to take the obligated tour as you do at Sun Studio in Memphis. But the guide was entertaining and he knew funny details about some songs and their famous singers while guiding you around the place. The ‘moment supreme’ is when you’re in the actual recording studio and they separate the boys from the girls and all of a sudden you find yourself swaying your hips, pushing out your arm and singing ‘Stop in the name of love, before you break my heart…’ at the exact same spot where Diane Ross and her Supremes recorded the song 🙂

 

I made a portfolio/postcard set about the project ‘Looking for Dave’ that is of course still for sale to support documentary projects like these.  The set costs 10€ and can be shipped all around the world. Shipping costs within Belgium 1,75€ , within Europ 3,5€, worldwide 4€ . Contact me here or through the contact form on my website.

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Newsletter

Here’s a link to my latest newsletter with once more all the info on ‘The Rise of Populism in Europe’ exhibit and other news.

You can subscribe here if you want to receive the updates on my work automatically.

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New and improved

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Today I’m really proud to present you my website in a new and modern design. The great thing about the photoshelter website platform is that they keep improving and updating their tools with what photographers feel is important.

The new templates really showcase the actual photo’s in a striking and modern way.

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And what I love is that they are in tune with the shifts and changes in our industry. It was easy to connect my vimeo account to the website so I can show my multimedia pieces without any effort.

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It took a bit of time for a technique nerd like me to figure out how to customize the contact pages, but in end I managed and I was able to link  my blog and various social media pages on there as well under one tab that I called connect.

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I’m really happy about it all and I hope you like the redesign as well. Let me know what you think and how it looks on your computers, tablets or  smart phones.

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The lab

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After the postcards, now the prints are ready and back from the lab. Excited!!

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Postcards

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I’m so excited about the arrival of the postcards that I made for the exhibit next week in Gent. They look amazing and I really couldn’t be happier with the result.

You can still come and join me for the exhibit/projection and at the same time listen to a very interesting debate on the position and lives of women in Afghanistan in Theater Tinnenpot in Gent. And you’ll receive the card as a little present on top of that. Hope to see and meet you there

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