Bert Bossaert (°1982), photographer
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I’ve worked in video montage for a few years. For a long time, I was inspired by movies like Paris, Texas by Wim Wenders and Koyaanisqatsi by Godfrey Reggio (with music by Philip Glass). Movies that slowly grow on you and never let you go, although you might at first not realise why. I try not to overanalyse but wrap myself in the vibe they leave behind.
I find it inspiring to hear how other artists work and think, especially when this differs from my own approach. A while back, together with eight other photographers, I took a masterclass by mentormentor with Paul Kooiker. His conceptual approach creates a fairly rigid framework, but at the same time, this enables freedom. If I ever found a second wind as a photographer, it happened in that week.
Who do you look up to?
Too many to name: Rinko Kawauchi, Michel Francois, Tine Guns, Thomas Vandenberghe, Katrin Koenning, Paul Kooiker, Wolfgang Tillmans, …
What camera do you prefer for which work and why?
I always work analog and mostly with a fixed lens of 50 mm. It doesn’t really matter what camera I hold, as long as it’s not working against me. When I see something, I need to be able to photograph it quickly, without giving it too much thought.
I worked with an Olympus OM-1 for a long time until it died. My current favorites are Nikon F3 and Mamiya 645.
What is your dream destination?
I work instinctively, without a clear plan. I photograph as often as possible; I’ll later decide what to do with the images. It can take years before I reach for certain pictures, because they suddenly fit a certain concept.
I don’t have a dream destination, but I reach for my camera easier when the sun is shining. Not because of my nature, but because the light changes everything. Colours, shadows, … Your whole surrounding is more defined.
Which photos are displayed in your house?
Pictures by Sybren Vanoverberghe, Geert Goiris, Sarah Eechaut, Camille Picquot, Vincent Delbrouck and … a few of myself, I’m afraid.