'Figures Libres' (2011-2012)

'Pleasant to look at, these photographs are reminiscent of the refined images of Edward Weston, of the elaborate geometry of Frantisek Drtikol.' (Jean-March Bodson, photography professor and art critic, 'L'image dans son jus', in the Arts supplement of La Libre Belgique, 2012). I certainly appreciate being compared to such great photographers, and Bill Brandt may have been an inspiration too. Actually, it took me some time to decide how I wanted to photograph the human body. Rather than staged sensuality, I chose to concentrate on the interaction of the body's natural lines, of light and shadow; and in some images, we are almost talking about abstraction. Natural movement and attitude was important: for this series of some 40 images, the persons photographed had no constraints whatsoever - they were free to move as they pleased while being photographed; the shots were taken as opportunities came along, in natural environments or in private spaces – always in available light.

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