Vincent Delbrouck:
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Inspired by... D.H. Lawrence

In Inspired by... a talented young photographer highlights an image that has inspired them throughout their career. 


D. H. Lawrence (1995). The Woman Who Rode Away and Other Stories. ISBN 9780521222709.

More and more I’m attracted to literature and painting, focusing less on the work of other photographers. Or maybe I am just approaching these inspirations from a different perspective. Wolfgang Tillmans with his pinned-up installations (and his fabulous books); Jurgen Teller, especially with the book Go-Sees; of course Robert Frank with his collage works from Mabou (revisiting also his previous work); Bertien Van Manen, Arno Nollen, Gerard Fieret (amazing!), Lise Sarfati (with Acta Est) they all inspired me to feel confident in my own research without having to refer to preconceived ideas, just letting the energy flow from the moment. Malick Sidibé was also my king, with his simple portraits... so strong. As well as Ed Templeton and his nervous mix of pictures, writings and paintings.

I search for the expression of an inner feminine personality within works that deeply touch the energy of life. I found it in the works of Charles Bukowski, Pedro Juan Gutiérrez or John Fante, and later Raymond Carver. There was kindness in the wilderness and ordinary chaos which seemed so true and honest in the confrontation with everyday life. All those fragments of fiction were always interconnected in my mind and within my unconscious development. I should mention the painters Peter Doig and the genius work on colors of a William Eggleston or a Jacob Holdt (who connected himself from the inside with this insane poverty, with a profound empathy, and no superficiality or false compassion).

But DH Lawrence found the best place in my heart. He is my cosmos, the sun between body and mind, the female object of my brain, and a pure connection with nature - inner human nature, not separated from plants and animals. I can reinvent myself by walking inside his books as a way of archetypal narrative and the fiction of love.

About Vincent Delbrouck

Vincent Delbrouck (aka V.D., born in Brussels in 1975) integrates his personal, contextual and fictional perspectives to produce lasting and colourful impressions of the places he chooses to explore (as in initiatory journeys). Working with various media - using images, collages and texts - he creates a flow of energy inside books and installations (as constellations). V.D. has exhibited his work in solo and group shows throughout Europe, the United States, China and México. He now lives in the Belgian countryside and is represented by Stieglitz19 gallery in Antwerpen. This year he was the recipient of the Outset | Unseen Exhibition Fund 2015 at Unseen Photo Fair.

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