I took this photo back in 1998 in the lobby of the Carlton hotel in Cannes during the filmfestival where BB was attending to help promote the remake of the Blues brothers movie. Hardly anybody recognized him, which made it possible for me to photograph him while he glanced by. Rest in peace BB!
Today I read that musician Stijn Meuris will celebrate 25 years of making music today.
I went back to my archive, as I photographed him in my first project ever, ‘Close & Personal’, a series of portraits of theatre makers and musicians. The whole concept of the project was that they were allowed to choose the location in which I would photograph them. The only demand I had was that it needed to be of personal meaning to them. In that way they could decide themselves how far or how close they would allow me during the session.
Stijn chose the fairground in Antwerp during the day when it is closed as it inspires him to walk around there, gives him a feel of the life of the people working at the fairground, tickling his imagination.
In the series I photographed more musicians and I still love these images to this day. It literally meant the start of my adventure back into the world of photography, which was halted for years after my father passed away. Music and theatre were my escape and through that I was able to slowly reconnect with my passion for photography and literally find myself again.
12 years ago today, Murielle Scherre started up her lingerie brand ‘la fille d’O’.
She started designing lingerie, firstly for herself, refusing compromise between a perfect fit and beautiful esthetics.
In those 12 years la fille d’O not only makes avant-garde lingerie and swimwear, but promotes a healthy image of women by using real, beautiful women to model the lingerie at their shows.
This was one of the reasons why in 2008 I asked Murielle to photograph her Devilles Harem Girls.
Dressed in her lingerie, they perform burlesque shows at parties and events, and carry a sense of femininity and fun.
Happy birthday la fille d’O!
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.
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.
In cleaning and reorganizing my office, I’ve been going through some old boxes of photographs and I came across these ones.
My first self portraits (of many more that were taken in the years after) I took for a school assignment over 20 years ago. It was in my first year photography at the Royal Academy of Arts here in Antwerp. The first time living on my own, just a lot of firsts and discoveries really.
The great thing about these self portraits is how you can see yourself change and yet being much the same over the years. And even more lovely is you see the willingness to experiment and be free in your photography.
And the winner is….
Congratulations Kurt Sesselle! The ‘innocent’ hands of Mika picked your name from the hat and the ‘Backstage’ book is coming your way very soon.
I still have a few copies left up for sale. 10€ excl shipping costs. Do let me know if you would like to buy a copy and write me at wemarijnissen(at)gmail(dot)com
Just now, I was looking up my photo of the arm of the drummer of Antwerp band the Seatsniffers. The picture I took of his arm with the pin-up tattoo, taken over 12 years ago, is still one of my absolute favorite images.
I went back into my archive, to check more of the images from this series ‘Backstage’. I spent over a year and half photographing musicians backstage at the cultural centre De Warande in the provincial city Turnhout. It was my second photographical project and the first one assigned to me. I’m still so thankful for the opportunity they gave me back then. It took me quite a while longer to make the jump to go for photography full-time, but after this project somehow there wasn’t a way back anymore and it did tell me that photography was what I wanted and needed to do and that I would find a way.
I was able to experiment photographically in a difficult building, I got to have my first big exhibition together with seasoned artist/musician Rudi Trouvé (dEUS, Kiss my jazz, etc…) and got to make my first book/exhibition catalogue. An unforgettable experience and many lessons learned. So thank you De Warande, and in particular thank you Toon and Staf!
PS. Win a signed copy of the backstage book.
How? Make a comment here on the blog or say you want to have a shot at it on my FB page and your name will go into the hat and you might get a chance to win 🙂