My photographical series touch on themes of decay, impermanence, perception of the self and visual sensations. Being an amateur-entomologist I started using macro photography to be able to identify the intricate traits of species of insects I found in the field (instead of killing and pinning them). These techniques found their way into my photographic series Phantom Flowers and Phosphene Photos.
Phantom Flowers is a continuing series about funerary flowers encased in resin to be found on gravesites. These blocks - which were handmade - have been exposed to the elements like sunlight, rain and frost and for more than 20 years and thereby their appearance has changed in various ways. I let the circumstances of the weather determine the outlook of the picture. On one hand it is an archival project recording a disappearing art of flower presentation/preservation which fell into disuse at the end of the previous century. On the other hand it is a quest for simple beauty or consolation in the light of decay.
Phosphene Photos is an experimental series about visual sensations that happen when pressure is applied to the eyelid. Do I see the inside of my own eyes? Do I see light through the skin of my eyelids? Or do I only experience an effect of neurons firing in my brain? These are made in my small studio using various setups using different light sources, lenses and materials and try to invoke the impression of a personal mechanical optical stimulus.
My collage project is called Kollaroids. I create assemblages of photos which were made by different people at different moments in time and which present multiple views of various subjects. Each montage - assembled into a logical unity that is more or less conform to perspective - forms a concentrated moment that questions space, time and the self because one sees through multiple eyes straight into multiple times and multiple places at once right into a new possibility, a new reality, a HYPERMOMENT.
K.W. - 2022
Expogram - Kunstennacht 2022 - Oude Gevangenis, Martelarenlaan 42, Hasselt, Belgium
Collabs/ Collapse - NADA7 - Bevrijdingslei 32, Kalmthout, Belgium
Chou-Fleur - Persoonstraat 24 - 3500 Hasselt, Belgium (1 big work on display & posters for sale)
Balthasar Brussel - Grote Zavel 40 - 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Maison Roger - Naamsestraat 86/Étage n°1 - 1000 Brussels, Belgium
6th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography - Fotonostrum, The Mediterranean House of Photography - Carrer de la Diputacio 48, 08015 Barcelona, Spain
“I like it when one is not certain what one sees. When we do not know why the photographer has taken a picture and when we do not know why we are looking at it, all of a sudden we discover something that we start seeing. I like this confusion.”
— Saul Leiter
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