My series “Losing our minds” was taken at the beginning of the corona crisis 2020: a bizarre, but extremely fascinating period. Man loses his mind because a stormy situation presents itself that is new and challenging for him. Fear tries to overpower him, he freezes, starts to reflect on the world and on the punishment that Mother Nature seems to send us. We have treated our Mother Earth too lightly, demanded too much of her in our egoism. Reflection is necessary.

I want this poetic-philosophical reflection to speak through my images in these corona times. In my series “Losing our minds” I consciously show only young people who are looking for themselves, for the meaning of life and the relationship between man and nature. It is sometimes difficult to draw the line between realism and surrealism, between reality and madness. Are those figures real or staged in my photos? Sometimes we as a layman have the same reaction: is this the real world in which we live or is this madness / surrealism? These are photos of ultra-Orthodox Jews who can enjoy their freedom in an unorthodox way in the storm (of their lives) and escape the lockdown. 

My images however try to transcend the anecdotal and in that sense they not only reflect what is going on with the corona crisis in 2020, but they try to be a universal expression. They could take place anywhere in the world and not just on the Belgian coast where these photos were taken in one day and within one hour. The young people in my photos are of course a symbol of change / revolution / going against the tide. They symbolize spring that starts anew every year. Within these young people you see in my images “Einzelgänger”, those who only try to compete against society. Some idealists throw themselves completely and don't care about anything. Their slogan is straightforward. More than ever we realize through this crisis that man is a social animal and it is difficult to stay in his room. In group we are strong, we go for it and we climb the highest mountains. In this case: dunes of course.

Ultimately, we are so dependent on the forces of nature that we cannot help but be guided by the flow. I consciously placed "Statues in the storm" (photo 21) last because I think the symbolism is the greatest: people become statues, as it were, puny - sometimes pathetic - beings in the universe. The wandering man looking for his own way, reflecting how to deal with himself, the others and the earth.

Is there no hope, no spring found in my images? Definitely. Youth represents spring. She sings, fights (a way), cries, laughs, works, prays and admires. All these aspects can be found in these (primal) images. Let us all be a Ramses Shaffy (famous Dutch singer): self-willed paving our own way with respect for themselves, the Other and Mother Nature.

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 ROB-TV - 2021 June 7

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Video "Belgian mazzeltov" by Jan Scholiers with photos of "Losing Our Minds"

December 2021: Selected for the 6th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography @ FotoNostrum Gallery, Barcelona (Spain), December 

November 2021: Photographer in Focus with my series "Losing Our Minds" @ Photo Festival Vizualizator Belgrade (Serbia), Nov. 18 - Dec. 15

November 2021: Selected for the 100 best triptychs of 3SHOTS Festival, Milano (Italy), November 18 - 20

November 2021: "Open theme" International Photography Exhibition @Praxis Gallery & Photographic Arts Center, Minneapolis, Nov. 13th -27th

November 2021: Finalist 2021 London Photo Show, The Bargehouse Gallery, Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank, London SE1 9PH, November 11-14

November 2021: Winner @ the 16th Annual Black & White Spider Awards 2021 with my series "Losing Our Minds", Beverly Hills (California)

October 2021: Selected for the "Fine Art Exhibition" @ Blank Wall Gallery, Athens (Greece), October 29 - November 10

October 2021: Winner Siena International Creative Photo Award (Italy) @ the historical Teatro dei Rinnovati di Siena - October 24 - December 5

October 2021: Winner/"Remarkable Artwork" @ Siena International Photo Awards 2021 ("Fascinating faces and characters), Oct. 23 - Dec. 5

October 2021: Selected for the "World in Motion" exhibition @ The SE Center for Photography, Greenville (South Carolina), October 1 - 30

October 2021: Selected for the "World in Motion" exhibition @ The SE Center for Photography, Greenville (South Carolina), October 1 - 30

September 2021:Selected as Top 20 Finalist for the Summer 2021 edition of FOCUS Photo L.A., Los Angeles (USA), September 17-19

September 2021: Selected as Finalists for an exhibition @ Spectrum Brooklyn Art Fair, Brooklyn's ExpoCenter (USA), September 10-12 

August 2021: Selected for the PH21 Gallery's "Motion" exhibition, Budapest, August 26 - September 18

August 2021: Topfotograaf Eddy Verloes is kanshebber voor hoofdprijs internationale wedstrijd in L.A., August 24, Hageland Actueel

August 2021: Review of "Losing Our Minds/Buiten zinnen" in the American Magazine Music Connection, August 23

July 2021: 2nd Place Photojournalism with my series "Losing Our Minds" @ MonoVisions Awards Contest 2021, London

July 2021: Selected for the PH21 Gallery's Photographic Visions 2021 exhibition, Budapest , July 29 - August 18

July 2021: Review Buiten zinnen/Losing Our Minds @ Doorbraak by Frank Hellemans - July 14

July 2021: Review Buiten zinnen/Losing Our Minds @ Music Magazine "Keys and chords" - July 11

June 2021: Selected for the Rotterdam Photo Festival (Theme: Planet Human), The Netherlands,  June 30 - July 4

June 2021: Siena-thing you like? Here are the year's top art photography shots, Digitalrev, June 29

June 2021: Exhibition "Buiten zinnen/Losing Our Minds" photos of Eddy Verloes, poems of Benno Barnard, music of The river curls around the town - Maagdenhuismuseum, Lange Gasthuisstraat 33, Antwerp (Belgium) -June 28 - August 15

June 2021: Book + cd presentation "Buiten zinnen/Losing Our Minds" with Benno Barnard & Geert van Istendael & The river curls around the town-  Maagdenhuismuseum, Lange Gasthuisstraat 33, Antwerp (Belgium)- June 27

June 2021: Expo in Maagdenhuis geeft unieke kijk op de Joodse wereld - GVA -June 27

June 2021: Prijswinnende fotoreeks van Boutersems fotograaf resulteert in totaalproject... - HLN - June 27

June 2021: Winners of Creative Photo Siena Awards 2021 revealed  @ The South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong based newspaper, June 23

June 2021: Interview "Buiten zinnen/Losing Our Minds" with Eddy Verloes, Benno Barnard, The river curls around the town @ e-zine Roer.Land

June 2021: Boogie Boy opent vernissage fotograaf Eddy Verloes uit Boutersem - Hageland Actueel, June 22

June 2021: Malta International Photo Award 2020/2021 - Award Winner

June 2021: VTM news - Viroloog Marc Van Ranst pas terug thuis en kiest onmiddellijk voor "Buiten zinnen/Losing Our Minds" - June 21

June 2021: The river curls around the town - Buiten zinnen/Losing Our Minds - DaMusic - June 20

June 2021: Tienen - Tel Aviv - TienenTroef by Chris Francois - June 20

June 2021: Maagdenhuis pakt uit met foto-expo over Joodse cultuur - HLN Antwerpen, June 18

June 2021: Outstanding artistic photos, winners of International Siena Creative Photography Awards 2021, The Voice of Vietnam, June 15

June 2021: Las mejores fotografías creativas del mundo - Tendencias Hoy - June 14

June 2021: Eddy Verloes winner Siena Creative Photo Awards 2021 (Open theme)

June 2021: 25 photos artistiques exceptionnelles, lauréates des International Siena Creative Photography Awards 2021 - UK Time News

June 2021: Eddy Verloes winner of the Siena Creative Photo Awards 2021 (Open theme) - Fotopolis Poland

June 2021: Belgische Eddy Verloes wint Siena Creative Photo Awards - Shoot June 2021

June 2021: All-About-Photo: Winners of the Siena Creative Photo Awards 2021

June 2021: Rootstime - review "Buiten zinnen/Losing Our Minds" - 07/06/2021

June 2021: Oh, cuando necesitas un refugio y encuentras los Siena Creative Photo Awards- 08/06/2021- Phusions 

June 2021: Die Gewinnerfotos der Creative Photo Awards 2021 - Der Standard

June 2021: Winners of the Siena Creative Photo Awards 2021 

June 2021: Winners of the Siena Creative Photo Award 2021 revealed - 09/06/2021

June 2021: Siena Creative Photo Award has just announced his winners

June 2021: Winner Siena International Creative Photo Award (Italy) @ the historical Teatro dei Rinnovati di Siena - Oct. 24 - Dec. 5

June 2021: "Fotograaf blijft de prijzen maar aan mekaar rijgen: "Een grotere eer kan me niet te beurt vallen" - Het Nieuwsblad - 07/06/2021

June 2021: ROB-TV : Fotograaf Eddy Verloes valt opnieuw in de prijzen in het Italiaanse Siena - 07/06/2021

June 2021: Photographer in focus  with my series "Losing Our Minds" @ International Photo Festival Pelt (Belgium) - June 6 - September 30

June 2021: Opening International Photo Festival Pelt (Belgium) - Local TV - June 6

June 2021: Interview @International Photo Festival Pelt (Belgium) - June 6 until September 30

June 2021: Interview with TV Limburg: "Lens op de Mens in tijden van corona op Pelts Fotofestival"

June 2021: Award Winner Malta International Photo Travel Award 2020/2021

June 2021: Winner Siena International Creative Photo Award (Italy) @ the historical Teatro dei Rinnovati di Siena - Oct. 24 - Dec. 5

June 2021: Selected for the Rotterdam Photo Festival (Theme: Planet Human), The Netherlands,  June 30 - July 4

June 2021: Exhibition "Buiten zinnen/Losing Our Minds" with poems of Benno Barnard - Antwerp, Maagdenhuismuseum, June 27 - August 15

June 2021: Book presentation "Buiten zinnen/Losing Our Minds" with Benno Barnard & Geert van Istendael - June 27- Antwerp

June 2021: Photographer in focus  with my series "Losing Our Minds" @ International Photo Festival Pelt (Belgium) - June 6 - September 30

May 2021: Radio Singjaal Leuven: Interview Eddy Verloes/Jan Vanwinckel - Buiten zinnen/Losing Our Minds- (From minute 32',30'') - May 27

May 2021: Selected for "Stories: Narrative Photography" exhibit. @ PH21 Contemporary Photography Gallery, Budapest (Hungary), May 6 - 26

April 2021: Nominee for the 7th Fine Art Photography Awards Competition (People) with my series "Losing Our Minds"

March 2021: Publication "Losing Our Minds" in Dodho magazine, Barcelona (Spain)

March 2021: Publication "Losing Our Minds" in Art -Vibes, Italy

March 2021: Publication "Losing Our Minds" in All About Photo - Medium, USA

March 2021: Publication "Losing Our Minds" in Arts Calender, USA

March 2021: Publication "Losing Our Minds" in Visura, USA

March 2021: Publication "Losing Our Minds" in Private Photo Review, USA

March 2021: Publication  "Losing Our Minds" in Art.Base, USA

March 2021: Selected for a Solo Exhibition in "All-About-Photo" (California) with the series "Losing Our Minds", March 1-March 31

February 2021: Selected for the Nature Art Show exhibition @ Grey Cube Gallery Berlin with "The sea watcher"

February 2021: IPA (International Photography Awards), Honorable Mention with "The sea watcher"  (Losing Our Minds), Los Angeles

February 2021: APA (Annual Photography Awards) Winner (Category: Street - Honorable Mention) with "The sea watcher", London 

January 2021: Winner "Travel Photographer of the Year 2020", Best Single Image (category: People of the World)

January 2021: Selected for "Memory exhibition" @ SE Center for Photography, Greenville (South Carolina), March 5 - April 11

January 2021: Selected for the Rotterdam Photo Festival (Theme: Planet Human), June 30 - July 4

December 2020: Selected for the Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards (UK)

December 2020: Selected for The International Art Fair Venice 2021, April 1 - May 7, 2021 - The Body Language

December 2020: Finalist "Travel Photographer of the Year 2020", Best Single Image (category: People of the World)

November 2020: Finalist  @ ND Photography Awards (Photojournalism/Story) 2020, United Kingdom, with my series "Losing our minds"

October 2020: Selected with "Losing our minds" for "Photo of the Day" @ Don't Take Pictures magazine, New York.

October 2020: Finalist "A Picture Show" (Image & Identity) @ the Black Box Gallery (Portland) with my series "Losing our minds"

September 2020: Winner Life Framer Photo Contest 2020 (Theme: "Civilization") with "Losing our Minds" 

September 2020: Winner @ 3. Fotowettbewerb des Museums Synagoge Gröbzig (Thema: Jüdisch-Christliche Verbindungen in unserem Umfeld)

September 2020: Finalist Atlanta Photography Group in the Tula Art Center ("Strange time") with the series "Losing our minds" (Atlanta)

August 2020: Selected as one of the best contemporary photographers worldwide at the American site All-About-Photo (California)

August 2020: Selected as one of the 25 Winners at the All-About-Photo Contest B&W - Published in AAP Magazine #12 (California)

August 2020: "Losing our minds" published in "EYE-Photo Magazine" # September 2020 (Austria)

July 2020: Winner Open Call 2020 ("Fine Art") Lucie Foundation (Los Angeles) - printed in the Musée Magazine + exhibition Fall 2020

July 2020: Shortlist Athens Photo Festival 2020 (Greece) - exhibition @ Benaki Museum - Pireos 138 (Greece) - Sept.16 - Nov.15

July 2020: 2.Prize Vienna International Photo Awards 2020 ("Free subject") - exhibition @ Galerie LIK (Vienna) - 2020 Sept.1 - Dec.31(Austria)

July 2020: Finalist Photo Festival In Cadaqués 2020 (Spain) with "Losing our minds" - Exhibition in Cadaqués - Oct 15-25 (Spain)

July 2020: Finalist PassePartout Photography Prize 2020 (Italy) - exhibition @ Piazza di Pietra Gallery (Rome) - January 2021

July 2020: Laureate "Grote Prijs Sociale Fotografie"  (Belgium) with "Losing our minds" - Exhibition in Ghent - 2021, Jan. 15 - Feb. 15 (Belgium)

July 2020: Belgian Winner @ EISA MAESTRO Photo Contest 2020 with "Losing our minds" - Published in Focus Magazine 7/8 - (The Netherlands)

June 2020:  Selected with "Losing our minds" (click here for photo) @ the  Duncan Miller Gallery - Santa Monica - California (USA)