Alex De Bruycker
In this series I am exploring my direct neighborhood, urban landscapes, typical landmarks, etc. focusing on shapes, structures, questioning it and translating in personal identity; often resulting in curious or humorous observations. Images which are carefully framed to eliminate any nonessential elements.
Wandering around with my camera I am in a constant dialogue with the ‘here and now’, a reflection of the Japanese expression ‘nakaima o Ikiru’ originating from Shinto and meaning ‘live in the now.’
As in many cultures, the human spirit has been occupied with trees, also in the Shinto cult, where a tree is an ancient symbol for a heart that reached presence, called ‘tree of life.'
In my urban landscapes the tree is often present in my photographs, visible or non-visible; symbolizing the transcendence of the natural, symbol of remembrances connecting the present with the past and future.
Searching for the ambient mood of a place and recording it on film, color or black and white, is always a challenge for me.
Since I shoot mostly film, I don’t know how the photographs will come out; and do not care – even before I touch the button, the picture already is taken! It is not the subject what matters but the “connection” I feel.
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