NO TIME TO VERLOES

NO TIME TO VERLOES

 

We have, you might say, no time to lose, says photographer Eddy Verloes.

He saw the sidelights for the first time in the carnival city of Aalst (this probably explains a great deal), grew up in the exuberant Pajottenland and finally saw the full light in the student city of Leuven and the mysterious Hageland.

Humour and landscapes create freedom and are, in a manner of photography, inseparably bound with Eddy Verloes.

No time to Verloes. With the predicted rise of the sea level our bathing resorts could well look quite different in the not-too-distant future. Through his photos the photographer tries to make time stand still and make us consider the question as to how long we will still be able to enjoy our coasts. Verloes confronts us not only with the insignificance - sometimes even pathos - of man in nature, where he is only a spot in the great whole but, at the same time, he sets his sights on that same spot and his photos raise a gentle or even broad smile on our faces. What, in fact, are we doing here? How do we fritter away our time on this planet? We race past ourselves all year round only to make up the "lost time" in one or another paradise. In some of his photos he exposes the person both literally and figuratively, not to hold him up to ridicule directly, but rather to show how he essentially is. Perhaps nature is the point of light and/or repose in the search for man himself. That is also why you will often find in the photos a lonely runner, cyclist or man out walking (with or without dog) who perhaps brings us to the understanding that the time we spend here is actually no more than a grain of sand in the desert.

 

Sven Gatz, Minister for Culture, 01/06/2015

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