Oshin, be your own legend
In the past year world champion boxing Oshin Deriew gave me an insight into her life. I followed her on training, during a world camp and in her personal life. Oshin’s motto is “Be your own legend”. It is also the title of an exhibition and a book.
A new gondola
It is a big day for the fifty-year-old Christian Boscolo. He started as a gondolier in Venice fifteen years ago. At the Cantieri Nautico of Roberto dei Rossi, Christian receives his first own gondola today. Friends and family are celebrating this important moment with him. His fellow gondoliers perform a last inspection of the boat before Christian takes off to his assigned place at the Ponte dell’Academia.
Koen Naert: The road to Tokyo
Koen Naert is European champion marathon. I could follow him one year during his preparation for the Tokyo Olympics where he ended tenth.
Dubai fish market
Far from the posh hotels the Dubai Deira fish market is full of activity in the early morning. The traders are loud and always ready to sell fresh fish.
The streets of Puglia
Puglia is famous for its beaches and delicious food. But the daily life of its inhabitants is as fascinating. People live outside their homes and towns become vibrant when there is a procession
The Carnival of Venice is an annual festival held in Venice, Italy. The carnival ends with the Christian celebration of Lent, forty days before Easter, on Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras), the day before Ash Wednesday. The festival is world-famous for its elaborate masks.
Shrimp fishing on horseback is so linked to the identity of the Belgian coastal town of Oostduinkerke that it became Unesco Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2013. Ten fishermen and two fisherwomen are actively engaged in the tradition which goes 500 years back.
Hagaya is a bar/restaurant in the Tokyo Shibuya district where the Japanese salarymen enjoy dinner & drinks after a day of hard work.
God in the Andes
Almost 80 per cent of the population of Peru is catholic. They experience their devotion in a very intense way through processions and other manifestations. The Procession del segnor de los miraglos in Lima is each year attended by about 2 million people.
Jaweed is a 18 year old Afghan refugee. He reached Brussels end 2015 after a long and hazardous journey through Iran, Turkey and East Europe. During his application for the refugee status he was staying during the weekends with a Belgian family which gave him a lot of warmth. He is now a baker. With the portrait of Jaweed I won a prize in the “Sociaal” competition.
Tomitae is a maiko, which is an apprentice geiko or geisha in the world famous Kyoto Gion district. Gion provided the setting for “Memoirs of a geisha”, the bestselling novel by Arthur Golden. At 15 years Tomitae decided to become a geisha. She is now 19 years and her ambition to become a geisha is stronger than ever.