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Kim De Molenaer

Classic and timeless, that's how Kim De Molenaer describes his own work. It couldn't be more spot on. The work reminds me of classic fashion photographers like Herb Ritts and Albert Watson. Kim clearly has an eye for strong compositions. Black & white gives his work a timeless feel.

- Tell us a little about your background – what path led you to becoming a photographer, and to doing what you’re doing today?

I have always been creative, as a child I drew a lot, around the age of 12 I got a camera with which I took my first pictures, up to this day I still take pictures with that same camera.

Eventually I went to study photography at the Karel de Grote Hogeschool in Antwerp

During my summer vacations I always went to Greece, I also photographed there constantly, first it was buses, boats, sea views etc. I felt a huge match with the "Mediterranean" aspect. I always try to reflect this in my work.

After photographing the local environment, I started photographing people, I invited benevolent models, dancers, athletes to photograph in my garden. I created an open-air studio, I was fascinated by the southern daylight.

- What have been one or two favourite recent projects or commissions?

I am currently working on a new series, “cricket series” (crickets) when I shoot outside in nature in Greece I always hear the crickets in the background, it gives a kind of peace, I want my photos to radiate that same peace. When this series is finished I hope to play the sound of the crickets, it seems like a nice experience for the viewer while my images are viewed.

- How would you describe your work?

I would describe my work as classic, calm, timeless

- Which camera and lenses do you use?

I don't have a fixed camera, I have a whole range of analog cameras, each camera gives an extra style to the photo, depending on what I'm shooting I choose my camera.

- What would be your dream creative project?

my dream photo would be a portrait of Nana Mouskouri

© Pictures by Kim De Molenaer