photo by me
You’ve probably noticed it’s been a lot more quiet here in the past few months than usually. There’s two reasons for that. First, I’m graduating in a month and most of my time has been going towards finishing my thesis. Also, I’ve been thinking a lot about where I want to go with this blog and I’m slowly figuring out what Au pays des merveilles should be all about. Being so busy for university, I haven’t had the time yet put my ideas into reality and it feels a bit awkward posting here while in my head I’m planning a total makeover for this blog. So, considering everything that is going on right now, it seems like the perfect time to take a break and focus on finally getting my hands on that diploma. I’m super excited for what’s to come! Even though right now my future plans exist only in my head, I want to do it right and therefor I’m putting the blog on hold so I can come back in full force somewhere in September. In the meantime, you can still follow me on facebook, instagram, pinterest, tumblr and twitter, as sharing my photos and things I’m inspired by is just something I can never let go. So, wish me good luck and see you in September!
A few weeks ago, some friends from my erasmus time in Portugal came over for the weekend. It was so nice to see them again after such a long time, and to be able to show them my new city. We walked around my beautiful neighborhood Zurenborg, cycled through the city and admired Antwerp’s skyline from the roof of the MAS. Soon I’ll finally have more time on my hands and be able to spend more weekends like this.
A while ago, I collaborated with Ella De Vos, a young textile designer from Antwerp. Her friend Nathalie joined us early on a Sunday morning and together we went to the left bank of Antwerp to brave the cold and shoot her delicate designs, consisting of intricately knit scarves and sweaters. Later we warmed ourselves in the apartment of a friend, before shooting again on his rooftop and on his terrace, with the central station and the city of Antwerp as a backdrop.
This shoot was a bit of an experiment for all three of us, I had never worked with a model before, Nathalie had no real modeling experience and Ella never worked with a photographer before either. On top of that, I shot these photos on film, making it extra hard to judge whether or not we were doing a good job. In the end, it all worked out just fine. The weather was absolutely amazing that day and even though it was extremely cold so early in the morning, the light around sunrise was absolutely breathtaking. I’m very pleased with the result and the fun day we had, so I’m excited to do this more often in the future! Therefore I’ve created a portfolio for my photography, where you can find more of my work. If you’re interested to collaborate, you can find my contact details there.
Ella De Vos’ collection is sold under the name Madame Seguin, more info and selling points here.
It’s been 5 months since I moved into my new place in Antwerp, and I still love waking up to these views every morning. The sunlight filtering through the curtains, the waterdrops on the window lighting up as if they were gold, the shadowplay on the walls. Here’s another sneak peek of where I live, before I take you on a proper tour. Continue reading
Chassé Park Apartments, Breda, by XDGA
Right before I’m leaving on another short visit to the Netherlands (this time I’m going for the opening my friend’s photography exhibition called The Dwarf Empire, a tip for those of you who are in the neighborhood in the next weeks), I’m sharing these photos from Rotterdam and Breda with you. Since this was a short trip with my office, we divided our time between eating and checking out architecture. Not bad if you ask me. Continue reading