Being a magazine with somewhat of a penchant for photography, we’re in the rather enviable position of receiving a great deal of portfolios on any given day. And, although the majority of them are good, only a handful manage to get our attention and capture our imaginations. Here are four of those series which we’ve been particularly keen on lately.
Sarah Carlier: Habitus
With her series “Habitus”, Belgian-born photographer Sarah Carlier, currently based in Holland, carefully observes and explores the long lasting, worn-out habits of people with an intimate and sensitive eye. For one year she studied the personal environments of people living in West Flanders and The Hague, focusing on revealing the remains of a traditional way of life in the midst of today’s modern society.
“I don’t want to put a finger on urgent social issues – my focal point is the human existence as such,” Sarah explains. “My goal is to let people see the world from a different angle,” something she skillfully accomplished with “Habitus”.Sarah’s works are currently exhibited in Antwerp’s FotoMuseum, Amsterdam’s Tropenmuseum and at the Stroom art center in The Hague. Her book “Four years, three deaths, sweaty armpits and a fetus,” has been nominated for the Dutch-Doc Award 2012. sarahcarlier.nl
Quentin de Wispelaere: Burning flowers
After having been trained as an airline pilot in the US, Quentin, born in Mons and based in Brussels, took up photography studies at La Cambre. With his “Burning flowers” series, he picks up the subject of the fast decay and strikingly vivid mortality of flowers:
“I wanted to make a series about nature, human intervention, aesthetics and destruction.” Quentin spent two nights somewhere in a lost forest in the Belgian countryside shooting flowers, symbolising their passing away by burning them. “I wanted a more radical and obvious way of killing flowers than cutting them, so I decided to put some fuel on them and light a fire.” Through the use of special chemicals, he succeeded in making the flames appear in different colours, creating a mes- merising and vibrating visual effect.Quentin will soon be covering Paris fashion week (he is especially looking forward to Raf Simon’s debut show for Dior). quentindewispelaere.com
Vincent Delbrouck: As dust alights
Vincent Delbrouck is a 36 year old photographer based in Loupoigne, Belgium who also practices shiatsu therapeutic massages. His series “As dust alights”, which he has been working on for the past four years, is a way for him to, as he puts it, “share with images the energy I get from the periods I was travelling in Nepal and India.” Imbued of a resolutely intrinsic approach to photography, Vincent’s work sits somewhere in between auto-fiction and poetry, staying clear of casting any kind of westernised filter on the elements he chooses to capture: “There is a flow. And maybe a fiction you can imagine with all that: the characters, the animals, the stones, the trees, the colors and the light.”Vincent currently has a solo show at Cardiff’s Third Floor gallery and is working on a new book for ’As dust alights’. vincentdelbrouck.be
Lara Mennes: Capturing the sensible
Born and based in Antwerp, with a Masters in Fine Arts from Central Saint Martins, Lara’s series “Capturing the sensible” is a search for memoirs in architecture, an archive of the forgotten artefacts of a building’s inner being, those that leave a trace of its past human activity. Capturing the interiors of a school, a hospital and a semi-industrial building, the series looks for meaning in what is usually destined to be demolished and disregarded. Lara’s work stops time and gives cause for thought.
“I always work on different projects at the same time and for a long period. This one took about two years. I think it is important that a project has time to grow and develop.”Lara is currently working on a permanent installation for the garden of the Emile van Doren Museum in Genk, titled “Dans l’ombre du coin perdu.” She will also be taking part in the group show “Between Stories” running from 19th August until 14th October in Genk. laramennes.be