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​© 2019 thomas de wouters

My photography is necessarily an interpretation of reality, subjective, but it captures instants of life without ever trying to distort it by an artificial construction

 

Radio Panik . the world today

 

Is it photojournalism? Is it art? I do not know, but my aim, thanks to my work, is to bear witness by means of photographic writing, of social research as much as of artistic research.

To bear witness to a life, sometimes hard, sometimes light, without ever losing the accurate framework which will reveal the emotion of an instant without distorting it by an artificial construction. A clear, direct shooting, a natural art and yet a quest for the beautiful beyond the reality sometimes unbearable offered to my camera.

My relation to time defines my technique, or perhaps is it the opposite… In choosing monochromatic film photography  with a film limited to 36 views rather than infinite numerical, I oblige myself to think out each photograph. I look at, I walk, I question, I listen, I sniff, I think, I write with light on my films. None of this interferes with the unconstructed instant, but each photograph is the fruit of a journey.

I am a street photographer, looking to seize man in his daily life, offered gross to the look without touching up or reframing.

 

Radio Panik, Brussels, February 13, 2017