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Sick of it all

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Belgium has been rocked by extreme violence last week, with the brutal bomb blasts in the airport and metro of Brussels, killing and wounding so many people.

After following the news that day in what felt like a haze, making sure all my friends living and working in Brussels were safe, I knew things in Belgium will never be the same again. From now on there will be a before… and an after…
I won’t let fear stop me from taking another flight at Brussels airport and when visiting friends or places in town, I will still take the metro. But in the back of your mind, a thought will always, ever so slightly cross your mind…
Will I be safe…

And then today… Another heinous suicide attack in Lahore, Pakistan, killing at least 69 people, wounding hundreds.. mostly women and children. Targeted specifically on this day, Easter, against the Christian Minority of Lahore.
Another attack in a countless number of them that Pakistan has known over the years, where we don’t really hear world leaders speaking up.

Again religion being misused by extremists, to kill human beings who are enjoying an evening out in the park with their families, friends hanging out, generally people having a good time, not hurting anyone. Gone…

I’ve come to know many Christian families in Pakistan and photographed for a while in a Christian community in Islamabad a few years ago. And what I always try to do in all my work is show the person in my photographs. A humanity, shared humanity, so we don’t focus on our differences, but on what we have in common. Rich or poor, black or white, Muslim, Christian or Atheist, in the first place we are human being who want the same things in life.

Why?  How can they kill in the name of anything really? On the basis of another God you worship? Another color of ones skin? Another language you speak? What makes them decide they have the right to choose that another life, another human being is not worth living and you can just kill them off? Just like that…

I’m just so sick of it all…

 

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The Eyes

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My work on the veil and burqa Ban in Belgium was published in the new French photography magazine ‘The Eyes’ as part of our The Rise of Populism in Europe project.

More of my latest tearsheets of publications have been added on my website.

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Seppe

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I’ve just heard sad news that Seppe, the little ringmaster of Theater Stap has left us and passed away…

I’ve met Seppe when I photographed the wonderful performance ‘Donkisjot’ by Theater Stap, with whom I later traveled to Morocco where they were invited to play at a theatre festival. Some moments or meetings shape you in your life and in your work, and this particular group of people did so for me. It’s been one of the most profound experiences in my life to this day and through the play, I’ve met some of the most wonderful people around.

What I loved about working with the actors of theater Stap, was their generosity and absolute honesty which translates in pure love. They don’t pretend unless they are on the scene performing their lines. Gorgeous souls, each one of them.

I’ll always remember Seppe’s incredible smile, peeping through the door backstage.  Wishing his family and everyone at Theater Stap lots of strength. He’ll be missed…

 

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Project Lenny

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A little something I’ve started working on.

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Cabinet Burgemeester

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The last two night’s I’ve been in city hall again following the monthly city council. The Mayor Bart de Wever was back after being hospitalized again.  I’ve been following the city council for about a year now and will be posting a compilation of photographs of that year here soon. 

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