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His work is described as Universal, timeless, yet modern and refined. His imagery entices the observer, allowing the observer to dwell upon the image, without infringing on the aesthetics.
At the early age of 17 years old, Erwin Van den Brande was already a photographer. As many 70’s youths he was confronted … Read More
His work is described as Universal, timeless, yet modern and refined. His imagery entices the observer, allowing the observer to dwell upon the image, without infringing on the aesthetics.
At the early age of 17 years old, Erwin Van den Brande was already a photographer. As many 70’s youths he was confronted with the budding medium that was photography. As so many others, he discovered the joys of having his own dark room. Albeit in those days his areas of interest were typically rock concerts and holiday photography, he was awarded various prizes. In that respect Erwin Van den Brande was ranked 2nd during the Procter&Gamble competition for best “Dreft” advert and he won a photography competition pertaining to old buildings in Mechelen by entering a photo collage. During a lengthy period, for various reasons, photography was placed on the back burner. More than 2 decades later photography was taken up again and Erwin Van den Brande enrolled himself in a photography school in Antwerp. He was subsequently, once again, captivated by photography and found inspiration from contemporary photographers from the 60’s and 70’s.
Erwin Van den Brande enjoys frequenting photography expositions and a yearly trip to the Photo Festival in Arles (France) has become a tradition. The future of photography mainly interests him: how will photography evolve in the coming years, what will be the impact of digital processing, how will other art forms affect photography? Additionally questions pertaining to aesthetics: what makes a photograph attractive, how do other cultures in other countries view photography?
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“Throughout life it is important to regularly stop and look at the world that surrounds us. Moreover we must try to spot the unusual and extraordinary things around us and take the time to contemplate the effect they have on us emotionally and what message we can take from them. It is also important to behold the… Read More
“Throughout life it is important to regularly stop and look at the world that surrounds us. Moreover we must try to spot the unusual and extraordinary things around us and take the time to contemplate the effect they have on us emotionally and what message we can take from them. It is also important to behold these emotions and messages in a temperate and interested manner.
Photography helps me to stop and look around and see unusual things.
My photos must have the intention to display the messages contained therein.
Moreover, photos often help us to look at the past and things that are around us in a gentler and more interested way. “ Quote by Erwin Van den Brande
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Erwin Van den Brande continuously works on different collections. In 2010 he started working together with Charlotte De Cock for his collection on Marie Antoinette inspired by the movie of Sofia Coppola. But since then he is also working on: A series of photographs on “The World that Surrounds us”. This collection… Read More
Erwin Van den Brande continuously works on different collections. In 2010 he started working together with Charlotte De Cock for his collection on Marie Antoinette inspired by the movie of Sofia Coppola. But since then he is also working on: A series of photographs on “The World that Surrounds us”. This collection abstractifies images taken out of our daily environment, taking them out of their context, thus making them timeless and captivating: Interiors, Spaces, Water, Landscapes, Paths, People,… A series of photographs on everyday objects. Objects we all know, that plays a part in our lives or are a part of the collective memory. These objects are then taken out of their habitual surroundings and depicted in their simplest form. Consequently the objects become uncharacteristic effect. The strength lies not only in the individual photograph, but also in the series. Photographs need to bring about nostalgia. Nostalgia for straightforward, simple objects and environments. They need to set themselves against the more sophisticated world and consumer society in which we live. A third collection is called "Digital Degeneration". He was wondering what would happen if you take a print of a picture, scan it to your computer and then upload it to different social media, download it on your mobile device, upload it to other social media, take print screen, upload it again and so on… . The images tend to loose quality and fade away like our memories fade away with time. Since beginning of 2015 he is working on a series of photo's of flowers and the back of flowers in particular. The idea behind this concept is that if we do not take care of nature, then she will soon turn her back to us. Inspired by the concept in art of readymade he started to digitize Viewmaster images from the 60ties and make series of it. Recently he started working on a nude series where he tried to combine influences from Helmut Newton, Sieff and Lagrange.Besides his own work he also works on commissioned work. End 2014 he made an artwork for Abbvie around the impact of Hepatitis C on a patient's life. And in the summer he has made an artwork for the Antwerp Management School with Global Citizenship as topic. In 2012 he has mad a portrait of Miss Globe. Read Less
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