Recently, my posts have featured a mix of new and older work. For the older pieces, I've delved into my archives, searching for images to enhance my long-term project, Urban Serendipity, which initially began as Urban Solitude. Currently, I maintain two versions of this project: one in color and another in black and white. As I prepare for an upcoming exhibition in November, I'm still undecided on which version to showcase. While some suggest that combining color and monochrome images is seamless, I remain skeptical. Nevertheless, this particular shot, captured during a summer stroll through downtown Ghent in 2014, caught my eye for two reasons. Firstly, the two women engaged in conversation against the backdrop of the weathered restaurant facade intrigued me. Secondly, the overall composition of the image struck a chord with me. Hence, I believe it could be a valuable addition to my project - Jan Breydelstraat, Ghent, Belgium
During my regular walks downtown Ghent, I stumbled upon a touching scene beneath the city hall. A small tribute had been set up—an arrangement of flowers, candles, and newspaper clippings featuring pictures of Aleksei Navalny. Despite being imprisoned and hidden away in a remote location in Russia, Navalny became a symbol of courage and hope for many Russians near and far. It's clear that there is hope for Navalny's legacy to endure, paving the way for a brighter and better future - Ghent, Belgium
I snapped this photo inside a hutong house near Tiananmen Square, where it's common for up to four generations of a Chinese family to live together. Hutongs are traditional narrow alleys or lanes, often lined with courtyard residences, reflecting the cherished Chinese tradition of family unity. While the Chinese people may be accustomed to living so closely together, I couldn't help but consider some of the practical challenges of accommodating multiple generations in such tight quarters. Privacy in these houses is definitely a challenge. - Beijing, China
This black and white photo captures the view from inside the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel in Shanghai. As the train moves through, the tunnel's unique lighting creates mesmerizing circles, giving the scene an abstract feel. It's like taking a surreal journey underground - Shanghai, China
This panorama captures Pudong's famous skyline from the Bund in Shanghai. Pudong is known for its sleek skyscrapers and bustling financial scene. From the Bund, on the west side of the Huangpu River, you can see landmarks like the Shanghai Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, and Jin Mao Tower.
I snapped this photo from my hotel room at the Hyatt in Shanghai, enjoying the stunning skyline view. Suddenly, I noticed people on the Jinmao Tower, an 88-storey skyscraper, walking on a glass-bottom walkway. Later, I learned that this is a tourist attraction. While I can't deny that one must be able to enjoy sweeping city views from up there, I, however, being no adrenaline junkie, felt queasy just seeing them. I comforted myself that the view from my room was equally impressive..:-)
In my black and white series, Urban Serendipity, I'm including some random street shots I took in Shanghai in May 2017. Pudong has always intrigued me as a perfect landscape for street photography. Its modern skyscrapers, lively streets, and diverse mix of people provide plenty of chances to capture vibrant urban scenes. Whether it's the iconic Oriental Pearl Tower, the futuristic skyline along the Huangpu River, or the bustling street life, there's always a wealth of subjects to discover and photograph – Pudong, Shanghai, China
During our visit to Shanghai in September 2016, we seized the opportunity to explore the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium in Pudong. Renowned as one of Asia's largest aquariums, it boasts an awesome mix of marine life from all over the world. The aquarium offers exhibits representing various habitats, such as the Yangtze River, Amazon Rainforest, and coral reefs. For me, it was an ideal setting to capture some intriguing photographs - Pudong, Shanghai, China
The start of “Omloop het Nieuwsblad” – The first cycling race of 6 that make up for Flanders Classics
Flanders Classics Road features six prestigious cycling races for both men and women, held from February to April. Today marked the beginning of this exciting series with the 'Omloop van het Nieuwsblad,' which traditionally starts near our home in the Citadelpark, Ghent. As every year, despite the bad weather, the place was bustling with excitement as teams were presented and fans geared up to support their favorite riders. I arrived an hour and a half before the start to capture the joyful atmosphere of the event with some snapshots - Ghent, Belgium.
This photograph captures a scene of man playing cards at the entrance of the Temple of Heaven. During the Ming and Qing dynasties, emperors conducted annual rituals here to seek blessings for fruitful harvests. The Temple of Heaven is a masterpiece of architectural grandeur and was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1998 - Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China
WELCOME TO MY PHOTOGRAPHY BLOG AND PORTFOLIO. MY GOAL IS TO DOCUMENT THE WORLD AROUND ME, FROM THE SMALL DETAILS OF EVERYDAY LIFE TO THE GRAND LANDSCAPES THAT TAKE OUR BREATH AWAY. WHETHER I'M AT HOME OR TRAVELING TO NEW PLACES, I AM ALWAYS ON THE LOOKOUT FOR NEW AND INTERESTING SUBJECTS TO PHOTOGRAPH. MY PHOTOGRAPHS ARE A VISUAL DIARY OF MY EXPERIENCES AND A WAY TO SHARE THE WORLD AS I SEE IT WITH OTHERS. I HOPE YOU ENJOY EXPLORING MY COLLECTION AND DISCOVER THE BEAUTY OF THE WORLD THROUGH MY LENS.
Before: Healthcare Exec. Based in Brussels; Heidelberg; Los Altos Hills, CA; The Hague, Geneva, Nijmegen, Groningen
Now: Non-Executive Director in the Healthcare Industry based in Ghent. A travel buff with a passion for photography, photography books, Leica, wine and Asian food. Last but not least: proud grandfather of William, Nicholas and Mateo.