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Polaroid – Black & white

I managed to shoot a whole afternoon faces… trying to capture a tiny smile in people their eyes with my large format camera. I’ve got a lot of work to finish up the film and scans. You can check out already one polaroid, a shot of Imke Dielen. This is how she looks, in real life and on the cover of her book.

Imke Dielen

VW Bugshow @Francorchamps

Last Sunday I spend on the other side of our country… hunting beetle cars again, but instead I got hunted by the rain. I am pretty sure I could have captured some nece sceneries demonstrating the passions that Europeans have for the vochos. But I’ll have to find that happiness next time…

VW Bugshow @Francorchamps 06

VW Bugshow @Francorchamps 01

VW Bugshow @Francorchamps 05

VW Bugshow @Francorchamps 02

VW Bugshow @Francorchamps 04

VW Bugshow @Francorchamps 03

VW Bugshow @Francorchamps 07

VW Beetle – In Memoriam

Today it was 6 years ago that the last VW beetle was produced in the factory in Puebla, Mexico. Here  a few of my pictures during my trip in April as a tribute to these lovely cars.

Vocho Verde - Taxi 1


Vocho Verde - Taxi 2

Green Go!

I was asthonised to see Mexico City last week withou the green beetle taxi’s… Yes, they are all gone, all thousands of them… Here and there you can find a few ones left: “taxi” whiped out with green paint, covered with dust, “for sale”,… Amazing how suddenl, just a few weeks, y a cityscape can change. You can still find some beetle taxi’s, but only painted in the new colors… without colored gas lids, stickers or other flashy decorations. It’s not the same… :(

And I can only think about “gringo”, which means “green go”. The Mexicans yelled this at the Americans in green army uniform during the war…

Red-gold beetle taxi 3

Red-gold beetle taxi 2

Red-gold beetle taxi 1

For the religious people…

or for those who like colours, like me! Some more images of the chapels spread all over the city. It’s so nice when they pop out at night with their X-mas decoration or music!

Bleu Ermita


Ermita Desierto

For the people passing by Desierto de los Leones, you really have to go close and listen to the Christmas music, playing all night long!

Ermita y Corona

WEDSTRIJD De Film van Mijn Leven

These pictures of mine participate in the competition “DE FILM VAN MIJN LEVEN”  of the television channel Canvas. You can still send your pictures until midnight 26th of May on the website of Canvas. (I do hate the colour desaturation of WordPress :s )


XV Anos


Vocho Verde




El hombre arana


Angels, Demons and Guadelupe

Red Shoe

At last I managed to try out my polaroid-back on my second-hand Pentax 6×7. I am so happy it works! And Fuji is still providing the necessary instant film FP-100C. So I wanna share the first one I made with you! I will try to scan it on a much higher resolution later on so the structure of the instant film is visible. I can’t wait to shoot more pola’s!


Red Shoe

Mexico by Night

Yesterday was my last shooting day, so I took the advantage to take another angle from Periferico. This time without a car crash! The other pictures is from the flower market in Santa Angel. Even at 10pm they were still people hoping to sell their flowers…

Periferico by Night


Flower Market - San Angel

On the road III

The next images represent Mexican culture… Curious kids on the street, an improvised market on the street where they sell garbage and 5th-hand goods, some typical stores with a mixed-up architecture and an advertisement painted on the wall…

Curious kids


5th-hand market


Mexican Architecture


Chicken advertisement

On the road II

Some more coloured views of Mexico City…



Chicken for sale


Chapel with non

Sneak preview of the vocho verde

I spend the last week on hunting the green beetle cars with my camera’s… The taxi-hopping goes fine, although it is hard to find decorated ones. And each “taxista” is proud that a European photographer wants to take a picture of their bochito ;)


Vocho interior

Semana Santa in Mexico City

Last Friday I got up early to explore a town and its Semana Santa. At 7.20 it looked very abandoned. Just a few people who started dragging big bags out of the church. I started wondering what they were doing with these bags, so I followed them. They started making a coloured tapestry for the procession of Semana Santa. I was amazed by the speedness they made it. But I was astonished when I found out they made this tapestry the whole way of the procession, untill the hill with the temple. It’s a perfect example of Mexican culture: a mix of their own traditions and the Catholic influence of Spain… Most pictures I took with my Pentax. I shot some digital to check the light, which was horrible during midday… Every day I fall in love again with the format of the Pentax. It seems like the digital makes everything so flat and out of balance… I am not satisfied with these pictures, but I do want to share this tradition for Easter.

Semana Santa - Feet


Semana Santa - Procession


Semana Santa - Cross


Semana Santa - Jesus


Semana Santa - Tapestry


Semana Santa - Walk on the hill


Semana Santa - Temple

Chapels on the road

Mexicans are still very religious. Besides having plenty of Catholic churches, they must have thousands of chapels with the image of Guadelupe, at least one in each street… They also celebrate Semana Santa this weekend as the Spanish do. I hope to catch some pictures in a small town!  

Chapel 2


Chapel 3


Chapel 1

Daily life

On the road for my project I hit on some daily life sceneries. Tonight this happened literally right in front of my feet while I was standing on a pedestrian bridge of Periferico…

Car crash at Periferico, San Angel


Vendor in Coyoacan



Back in Mexico… again!

I’m back in Mexico to make a reportage of the bochito’s, the green beetle taxi’s. You fall in love when you see them. No matter how sad you feel, they always put a smile on your face!

Bump of a bochito

Earth Hour 09

Some cityscapes from Earth Hour 09 in Antwerp: the Cathedral, Hilton Hotel,…

Earth Hour 09 in Antwerp

Earth Hour 09 in Antwerp

Earth Hour 09 in Antwerp

Earth Hour 09 in Antwerp


Just trying out to mix available light with artificial…

Twilight Berchem

Twilight Sky

Twilight Single

Twilight Alcatel

More family, in black and white

Here are two more pictures in black and white, taken with my large format camera ( T-max 400 – 4×5 inch). I hope to catch soon more  happiness in people’s their eyes…





Black & White

I started taking very simple portraits with my large format camera. I really love the dept of field and the grain of the Tmax 400 film! I don’t know yet what kind of people I will “collect” in these pictures, maybe just the people I meet in my life… This picture is my sister, more pictures will follow.


Moving landscapes

These pictures are the result of another approach: frame, wait and click. I do like to have a wide view of the environment and the people are the extra details. I hoped to have more sharpness, but the light was too weak. Yes, even in Mexico.


Inside a Bochito

I tried out to take pictures inside a beetle taxi. But it is quite tough to fit inside the cab with all the equipment. And the light difference inside and outside… Here is a try-out, but not yet finished in Photoshop.


The goal for today was trying to capture little princesses walking around in the parc Chapultepec. But a lot of parents were not in the mood. And the police was wondering what I was doing with my big camera. Yeah, like I look so mobile with this beast to kidnap a kid! We managed to register only one girl cramped between the thousands of visitors. At the end of the day I got a bit dizzy… It is always shocking when you realize how many people actually live in Mexico City!


I spend the whole day in little villages at the boarder of Mexico City. Traffic, polution and crazyness are 100 times worse than the city! On Saturday they have plenty activities in the church: bauptism, presentation (of a 3-year old girl towards the church), 1ra comunion, XV años, etc… The girl was so nice to pose in her flashy dress, but she had no clue how to behave… (Which is a general problem for girls of her age in front of the camera…). The second girl is only 1-year old, once outside the church and the other inside  when all the official stuff finished.


Today we went all over the city to buy accessory for the pictures and check out some places. The smogs kills every cell in your body… But we succeeded to find what we needed. And most important our pinata’s! The metro was so crowded that we had to squeeze all four of us in a “bochito” (green beetle cab)…

We also checked out the church and surroundings of a pueblo (village). We will shoot some ceromonies next weekend. Some details are amazing… The rest I will show later!


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