Robin Vandenabeele is a photographer based near Bruges in Belgium. Traveling for work landed him with a desire to document all the places and moments that were visited so a camera was bought for that purpose.
First he came to terms with the regular capture techniques, using various 35mm and medium format film cameras that were taken everywhere to capture of the world around him. A lot of cameras took a beating during this learning process but the images kept coming.
There has always been a large amount of experimentation in his photography: using outdated films, cross-processing and film pushing during development and using creative viewpoints and lenses when composing images.
Images obtained on film are digitized after development with professional scanners to maintain high quality in reproduction phases. Currently he uses a full-frame digital camera to record his surroundings.
After seeing the first results results from a experimental in-camera double exposure technique with a toy camera he became quickly interested in the further graphic possibilities and has since not stopped to create multiple series of juxtaposed city- and landscapes using both film and digital cameras on various locations visited around the world and at home. These now make up a large part of his portfolio.
Being an autodidact in the field of photography allows him to use a non-traditional approach to the image making process, resulting in strong graphic images that surprise the viewer with their morphed representation of reality. All the photographs are taken handheld and made on the spot by superimposing two carefully aligned views. No image manipulation programs were used to alter any of the compositions after the initial double exposure.
His influences are an eclectic bunch of photographers with diverse styles such as Sarah Moon, Mario Giacomelli, Man Ray, Henri Lartigue, Peter Beard, Franco Fontana, Jan Saudek, Sebastiao Salgado, HCB, Garcia-Alix and many, many others..
Robin’s photographs are currently on display aboard cruise ships, in boutique hotels and on the walls of several homes all over the world and can be purchased as limited edition prints through appointed galleries and this website.
EXHIBITIONS AND CONTESTS
Photo Fringe festival, Trieste 2018
2010-2018 4 nominations Black&White spider awards, Int'l color Awards