2022 / Fine Art / Portrait

Empire of Light

  • Photographer
    David Degelin

The series is about the beauty of solitude, of of the main themes in my work. I wanted to recreate the urban ambiance and light that is typical for the works of Belgian surrealist painters Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux. I approached the concept as a still life and portrait series featuring Belgian model Clothilde Hacourt in the streets around the old abandoned police headquarters in the heart of Brussels (Belgium).

Growing up with a film director as dad, camera's, images, films, were just part of my daily life and being exposed to various forms of image processing during my childhood helped me to develop my visual sense early on. At university I graduated in archaeology and in addition I studied cultural and social anthropology. Through my photographic work I found a way to express my passion for people and culture, in portraits and street photography.