|I am originally from Belgium although my family moved to South of France while I was 12. I lived in the US for 25 years and in 2014 I settled back in France (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 photographed 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 matter on its way to a new life, a facelift. They basically look like abstract paintings.
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 and patterns.