We humans are a strange species…always wanting what we don’t have.
This was shot beginning of September, in one of the hot places to be in Antwerp if you’re young and cool. Local temperature 27° Celsius, and they built a snow ramp.
Antwerp Street Kicks is an event for alternative sports. Lots of kids on skateboards, BMX bicycles, ski’s, snowboards…lots of hip hop, lots of indie youngsters…I couldn’t find a reason not to be there as a street photographer.
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I cannot remember how long I have been a huge fan of Shakespeare. I have read all the plays, I have the British collection of all plays on DVD, and I collect movies based on plays of the bard.
I can remember the first time I saw Romeo + Juliet with Leonardo Dicaprio. The first time I saw it I was disappointed because I felt they had cut away too much of the dialogues, and for me that is one of the things that makes the Shakespeare plays so brilliant.
Later on I started to appreciate the movie however, especially bearing in mind the public it was intended for. (When I saw the movie in the theater the first time, a whole classroom of 12 year old girls was sitting behind me. At the end of the movie, when Romeo and Juliet had died, one of the girls said "Such a stupid ending"). This is my very own interpretation of Romeo + Juliet.
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Every Year in May in the village neighbouring mine Highland Games are organized.
The participants are 12 teams of Belgians pretending to be Scotsmen for 1 day and competing each other in a number of different disciplines. Each team consists of 6 members, of which at least one woman.
While I was shooting the participants one team in particular caught my attention, both because of their attitude which was enthusiastic as well as very competitive in an primitive way, but also because of the way they had made up their faces. For the connaisseurs among you, it isn't the English St. George they put on their face...the cross was blue in stead of red.
I really enjoyed following them, and this story tells about that one day in the life of the McRangers in May 2012. And if you want to know how well they did in the competition...they finished third. And as you can see from the star on their shirt, they already won the event once in the past.
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