Last week one of my best friends launched a on-line shop with essential high quality clothing for men: http://www.0south.com. Two weeks ago we realized in the studio some images to build the 0South brand. (Together with An Grare, Valerie Wilms, Jean Van Cleemput, Vincent Meurrens, Rodi Valle-Sanz and myself). More brand creating images and high quality products on the website.
I’m very pleased to let you know that my work has been chosen by Rebecca Wilson – Art Director at Saatchi Art Gallery London – to be featured in the New Photography Collection on Saatchi Online’s homepage.
Do you know this feeling? When you enter an empty house or hotel room during the day and for the first time. The light comes from the outside via the closed curtains into the room, but it is not enough so you have to switch on the lights in the room.
Someone else nicely and precisely arranged everything. On purpose to welcome you and give you a warm, cosy feeling. It gives me sometimes an overwhelming feeling of happiness, calmness and balance. Some scientist calls this a brain orgasm.
A couple of weeks ago I visited the Yser Tower. The Yser Tower is a memorial along the Belgian Yser river in Diksmuide. There have been two Yser Towers, the first was built after the First World War but it was illegally demolished with dynamite in 1946. Several years later, a new and higher tower was built on the same place. The rebuilt tower (84 m) is the highest peace monument in Europe.
The Yser Tower symbolizes the demand for “No more War””, written on the tower in the four languages of the fighting forces in the area during the First World War (1914-18). The Yser Tower site is also the burial place of some Flemish soldiers killed on the battlefield, who have become examples and heroes for Flanders.
The Yser Tower houses a museum on War, Peace, and Flemish Emancipation, that belongs to the United Nations network of peace museums.
During my visit a guide asked a group of youngsters of 10 years old if they knew where chemical weapons were used for the moment. They gave in-group immediately the right answer. Then the guide explained that during the First World War, in this region, chemical weapons were used for the first time ever in history. I realized that is was exactly 100 years ago.
Outside I took this picture in the trenches that were used in WW I.
I took this picture when I was sailing in Sicily with some friends. It represents what I felt that moment: far away from home, no hassle around my head, friendship, one with nature, just a small element in universe, in balance …in one word “endless peace”!
When I ask people if this is the direction where we are sailing to or if this is where we are coming from, I get different reactions. What do you think? 😉
This is my favorite image from the shoot we did in July (of Kathleen – see previous posts). After the studio shoot we went to the beach of Knokke and at nightfall we had the ideal setting for this image! (You can find the complete series on my website). Enjoy !!
A few post ago (the 2nd of August ’13) I told you that while shooting Kathleen De Mey in Gipsy Chique theme, we discovered many more aspects of her. On of these aspects was that Kathleen won the Miss Globe election in 2009. A real Miss Globe is a woman who is intelligent, independent, and strong, enjoys life and knows how to handle. I hope that this image evokes all these emotions. Let me know !!