Christopher de Bethune

Sunshine #1 | 2017 | Edition of 25 riso prints, | format DIN A3

Sunshine #2 | 2017 | Edition of 25 riso prints | format DIN A3

Christopher de Bethune is a Belgian photographer, known for taking photos of scenes and landscapes, in which he finds sadness, comfort and nostalgia. His work can be described a both impulsive and cautious, as the artist is ready to take a shot whenever he sees an opportunity, but also to be patient and wait for the right moment. Some of his photographs have the note of melancholy and solitude that represent a constituent of leaving and travelling.

The first photos made by this autodidact photographer, were primarily the documentation of his surroundings, like alternative rock music scene. This artist is completely old camera lover, addicted to fanzines since he was a child, passionate about films and worships the Japanese grandmasters, like Kurosawa.

Christopher made in Brussels reveal kinda raw, brutal, wild or dirty first look, because mostly viewers can see silhouettes of beggars, passers-by, old or homeless people on the pavements or in the subway. De Bethune explains that it is the moment he catches, not the picture itself that leaves that kind of impression. He continuous by adding that the balck & white style usually reinforces the drama and brutality of the image, leaving less informations about the places or time it was taken.

Christopher compares himself with a cat that walks discretely, whithout making a noise. This series of photos are usually made on the author’s way back to home from the nightlife.

Sunshine | 2017 | installation 200 photographies format DIN A3, photocopies