“I was born in Tielt, Belgium in 1968. It took me a while to discover that I was a writer, then it took me another twenty years to discover the photographer in the writer.
I live in a small town in an area called the Flemish Ardennes. So far I’ve published ten novels in my language, Dutch. Some of them are translated, some in more than fifteen languages.
In the summer of 2016 I picked up my first camera. I saw Michael Wolf on television, and I was fascinated by his work in the back alleys and the subway of Hong Kong.
I realized that I took a lot of what I would call ‘mental’ photographs. Driving or walking around I would see a certain scene, or a person, or the way the light strikes an object, and I would take the picture in my head, actually saying ‘click’. Why not do it for real, I thought.
I am primarily a black and white street photographer. I don’t like hyper-realistic photographs. For me photography is an illustration of reality, a world apart, with a touch of mystery.
I try to take ‘quiet’ pictures, catch those moments in between, when we are just who we are, more so than ever.” – Peter Terrin