Come Closer is about my love for a woman, her name is Paola.
We fell in love four years ago. Ever since, I have felt the urge to photograph her every day. As part of this series you will find mostly colour and black-and-white 35mm pictures accompanied by polaroids, notes and contact sheets, but it also features videos.
The work feels like an intimate conversation between her and me. I am an observer trying to grasp every playful moment, every moment of connection. Seeing someone so versatile and constantly changing, I tend to overload her with my presence. And then there is she, my subject, someone who feels more like a muse to me. Loving me like no one ever did.
In Come Closer you get to see the love between two women from up close.
I am a Belgian artist based in Brussels. After finishing my education at School of Arts Ghent in 2018, I self-published my first book Personal Collection.
Ever since I started photographing I focused on people who were closest to me. The ones that I’ve known for a long time or the ones that I feel drawn to. When we grow older our relationships with the people around us evolve. Somehow I feel the need to hold on to this by making images. Already now when I look back at all the pictures I’ve taken, it feels like a family album where everyone, even myself, changes every day.
I take a lot of pictures. Every series I’ve made is built around a great deal of images. This is a certain obsessive way of working I have always loved.
Size: 18 x 25 cm, 164 pages
Printed fold-out cover with contact sheets and with additional foldout portrait (36x50 cm) on the front cover, handwritten title
Including: hand taped notes, drawings and tissues; detachable post-its, pocket with originals photos at the back
Offset printing + extra varnished polaroid pictures
Open thread Swiss binding
Edition of 500 copies.
The book release is scheduled for September 2021.
But in anticipation of it you can already start to put together your very special version of the book. And also support the publication! So, here is how it goes.
Every month (May, June and July) we will offer a collectible item directly related to the book, that can be purchased within 1 week only and is part of the Special Edition of the book. Of course it is possible to get one, two or none, but if you get all the three of them, you basically get a ready Special Edition set of the book Come Closer. All items are numbered and limited. They will not be available afterwards, except for the Special Edition (10 copies) and at a higher price.
Collectible item#2 is a LIMITED EDITION PRINT. There are two Prints to choose from (or not to choose): ‘Red Cheeks’ and ’Shell’, each in an edition of 20. Size: 30 x 20 cm, printed on Fine Art velvet paper, signed and numbered on the back. Neither of prints will be available afterwards as part of the Special Edition Set for the book.
Prints are available during one week: from 15 to 22 June. They will be shipped immediately. Get a collectible Print from the series in anticipation of the book release and support the publication of 'Come Closer'! You can order it below.
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LIMITED EDITION PRINTS 'Red Cheeks' and 'Shell' are available in an Edition of 20 each.
Printed on Fine Art velvet paper, signed and numbered on the back.
Size: 30 x 20 cm
40 € + registred shipping
Please, choose one or both prints below.