Short bio: I graduated in 2011 from the Higher Institute of Art in Saint-Luc Liège and I continued my studies in cinematography in the INSAS, Brussels. I now work as a freelance photographer and videographer. My work “Where am I?” – https://www.behance.net/gallery/3718954/Where-am-I – has been exhibited several times, including at the “Circulation(s)” festival in Paris.
Why do you photograph on film? I’ve always been in love with film. From the time you take framing the picture to the time you wait to see it developed. Large format and its cost force me to slow down the process of shooting. I bought my Mamiya 7 II three years ago and I can’t stop using it. I’m so excited each time I happen to take pictures with it. I like to know I only have ten pictures per roll. You get to shoot sparingly and I believe there’s something more meaningful with your subject. You have to chose before shooting and not the contrary.
What is your work about? My work tries to be about the Human and its place in society. The District 1 in N’djili – one of Kinshasa’s 24 boroughs -, is the Scrap Market. These N’djilians dream of elsewhere, but meanwhile it is on elsewhere-bound wrecks they’re working. There’s a history between N’djilians, resale and mechanics. And they’re resisting, despite the eviction attempts, the lack of public support and their second-row position on Lumumba Blvd. Electrical resistance, joint resistance, a resistance to life’s tricky vicissitudes, resistance as a means of survival. This photographic series is an opportunity to make them travel, to open a window on their everyday lives, their reality, their dreams. The car, the symbol of the American dream, of mobility and exchanges between complete strangers in the back of a cab, transcends boundaries and provides an opportunity to escape for these scrapmen, leaving their walk of life behind, destination: tomorrow.