|I am originally from Belgium although my family moved to South of France when I was 12. I spent 25 years in the US and in 2014 I came back to France in Montpellier.
My educational background is in graphic design, I have worked in the field as a freelance since 1995 in the Washington DC Metro area: www.hroedesign.com. For the past 30 years I have carried my camera everywhere, taking pictures is like a mission for me; I am a self-taught photographer. In 2006, I decided to commercialize it and added a branch to my graphic design business.
I am sensitive to graphic composition, repetition, color, rhythm, reflection and pattern. In the Recycle Series I photograph bales of compressed material (a difficult task to accomplish due to the very strict business security). Besides being very sensitive to the environmental issue, I am attracted to the intricate composition, the color and the aesthetic of compressed matter. These compressions offer an unusual view of our everyday objects, which is just tormented and concentrated mass going for a new facelift. They basically look like abstract paintings. You see trash, I see art!
In the Urban Exploration, the industry and machinery fascinate me. Exploring these abandoned sites (another difficult mission) offers a mysterious trace of the past where we can let our imagination runs on what used to be. They have a soul and an imprint of their decay will keep some of their history in memory. Like the recycling, I grab the complex angles, graphic rhythms, patterns and intricate composition.