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 her, 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.
Take a look at the latest versions of the dummy. Loose tissue notes are meant to be folded and put in between.
You can still reserve your copy; the book will be shipped by the end of September.
Size: 17 x 24 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
Offset printing + extra varnished polaroid pictures
Open thread Swiss binding
Edition of 500 copies
To be shipped by the end of September 2021