Photographer and artist Arno De Pooter creates a world without clutter. If it's a man on the beach or a street corner, he's always looking for pure settings. His photographs inhabit a certain kind of serenity and calmness that can feel a bit surreal at times. A master graduate in fine arts, the Antwerp-based photographer states: 'These atmospheres are almost always a reaction to the way my brain perceives this extremely chaotic world. A world in which I feel more like a spectator, surrounded with an abundance of stimuli. It might be the way I would like the see the world, a bit more structured (a bit less overwhelming).’ All his photography projects are the result of a long period of reshaping and molding of his images until the right often hidden and obscured narrative comes to live. [...]
He has always had a clear but – to him – often terrifying image in his mind, where he’s standing in between two cities, a white and a black one. He feels a precarious balance between the pure white cleanliness and dark oily filth. Here, even the smallest detail means the balance tips towards utopia or dystopia.
The Bleach series is the start of an ongoing search for these cities, and the balance in between them.
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