I am originally from Belgium although my family moved to South of France when I was 12. I spent 25 years in the US and in 2014 I came back to France in Montpellier.
My educational background is in graphic design, I have worked in the field as a freelance since 1995 in the Washington DC Metro area: www.hroedesign.com. For the past 40 years I have carried my camera everywhere, taking pictures is like a mission for me; I am a self-taught photographer. In 2006, I decided to commercialize it and added a branch to my graphic design business.
I am sensitive to graphic composition, repetition, color, rhythm, reflection and pattern. In the Recycle Series I photograph bales of compressed material (a difficult task to accomplish due to the very strict business security). Besides being very sensitive to the environmental issue, I am attracted to the intricate composition, the color and the aesthetic of compressed matter. These compressions offer an unusual view of our everyday objects, which is just a tormented and concentrated mass going for a new facelift. They basically look like abstract paintings. You see trash, I see art!
In the Urban Exploration, the industry and machinery fascinate me. Exploring these abandoned sites (another difficult mission) offers a mysterious trace of the past where we can let our imagination runs on what used to be. They have a soul and an imprint of their decay will keep some of their history in memory. Like the recycling, I grab the complex angles, graphic rhythms, patterns and composition.