Once upon a time
series of 60+ pictures
I grew up in a time of material progress. For my parents, having a good life meant being able to buy a color tv and a small car and to go on holidays with the family abroad. All these things were produced to make us happy. But we never really talked about what it means to have a fulfilling life.
Cities like Liège and Charleroi in Belgium, and places in North Rhine-Westphalia - the German land of coal and steel - were once important industrial centers in steel making, mining and gunsmithing. The backbone of the era of mass consumption in which I grew up.
This has become the land of the people who have no longer trust in their politicians, the institutions and even the daily news. These are the people who feel they have lost, and now support nationalist and authoritarian leaders. They live surrounded by the relics of a surreal post-industrial world, and try to make the best out of it.
Photographs from this series were published in Dodho Magazine (august 2016) and exposed at Centre Ceramique Maastricht (10 sept – 15 oktober 2017) and in the Dutch Photomuseum Rotterdam (10 - 13 may 2018).
In mid-March 2020, the Belgian police hermetically closed the border with the Netherlands in the fight against the Corona virus. Border barriers on the shortcuts were made hard to pass with fences, blocks of concrete, tree trunks and even sand mountains. I traveled from the 'Drielandenpunt' in Vaals to Cadzand to capture the changes in the landscape.
From Cadzand to Texel,
the Dutch coast during Covid19
How does the coast looks like under the rules of the corona pandemic?
I travelled between may 30 and june 21 the coast line from Cadzand to Texel.