Honorable Mention TIFA 2021 People / Culture

Stalingrad Colors

  • Photographer
    David Degelin

The series is about street scenes I made in and around the Stalingrad area in the center of the Belgian capital, Brussels. The city is often regarded as greyish and ugly, and to counter that, I wanted to show it from my perspective, as the complex, vibrant, diverse, and colorful city that continues to surprise and amaze me during the endless random walks through the center and the suburbs. It took me about 60-70 walks to find the right scenes, centered around one single person, that happened to be there on the street at the time I passed by.

I'm a photographer with a focus on portrait, street, and fine-art photography, and photography is my way of dealing with the world, people, stories, places, experiences. Photography is a therapeutic activity for me in a way, a survival strategy. I use light and shadow to capture what I feel, rather than what I see, and what I feel always takes precedence over what I see in what I do. I'm intrigued by the beauty of solitude, of people and places and in my work, this theme plays a dominant role.