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Who are you?
”I’m a fashion photographer. Born in Belgium but live in Australia. I’m working four months a year and those days are very long and hard work. After that I go surfing, you know, I work to surf!”
Tell us about your exhibition at Berns?
”It’s sort of a quick highlight of last year. Fashion Weeks in Stockholm, Paris, New York and Milan. When I think about it I shoot 40 shows in Paris, 44 shows in New York and 36 shows in Milan, which means I shoot minimum 300 photos per show. That`s a lot of photos to go through and it`s really hard for me to edit it down. That’s something I should get better at. I think it was easier when we were shooting on film. Then you were more going with your instincts.”
What kind of reaction do you think you will get?
”I have no idea, I think during fashion week people are going to be too busy, that’s fine. But I wanted it to be during fashion week. It’s something I never thought about, are they gonna love it, are they gonna hate it. This is more documentary style, giving a glimpse of what models are like backstage. I’m showing the other side from the catwalk with more personality. And also what I’m hearing from a lot of editors, is that the buyers managing to see more details of the clothes, they can see more of the functionality then what you see from the runway. It’s not an exhibition where I’m trying to tell a story, get a special feeling from people or make them think about a certain subject. That’s for down the track, maybe another day.”
You started photographing sports and now fashion, tell us more?
”I started shooting for Quiksilver, guys on the beach, more lifestyle photography. That was my first proper paid job. Then I got involved shooting skiwear, taking photos in the mountains. I miss going up to the mountains and finding a little corner where the skiers could jump from. We used walkie talkies to know when they were going to jump.
It was so much fun, I loved it, but it wasn’t a lot of money in it and I couldn’t see me doing that. If someone asked me to do a shoot in the mountains tomorrow, I would do it, I love skiing! Im actually thinking of going to Romme tomorrow.”
What is Stockholm for you?
”It’s fast internet! It’s the Café Albert that’s really popular. In the summer people are sitting there drinking wine, but now it’s winter and they are still sitting out there. That’s Stockholm for me! Crazy people sitting outdoor in the snow, drinking wine. Go inside and sit by an open fire. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I passed by.
Cheesedoodlees is something that my girlfriend loves. Stockholm is a place that I really like, specially Gamla Stan. I would like to spend more time here during summer and specially during midsummer. Nyponsoppa, not the powder one, that taste like chemicals, it have to be the real thing.”
So what´s next?
”I’m going to New York, Milan and Paris to shoot the AW13/14 collections and then back to work on some editorial work and finish my website.”
So, the last question, have you recently discovered something new about yourself?
- I can’t think of anything but I believe in the motto, If you try something new every day you will live an extra day.