‘If I can’t control reality, I like to control the image of reality.’ - Frederik Vercruysse
That is Frederik Vercruysse’s artistic vision in a nutshell, a vision that is felt throughout his first book Index. A book heavy with serene beauty and, above all, wonderful photography.
The two main fascinations of the photographer, graphics and composition, are present in each of his photographs. Index shows how controlled Frederik Vercruysse works: the photographer takes the time to carefully arrange and rearrange, until he has found the most balanced composition. This often results in images that resemble paintings more than they do photographs.
Index is divided in three parts. ‘Composition’ shows compositions from carefully arranged bandages to a creation with a notebook and briefcase or a perfectly aligned set of cutlery. In his still lifes, the photographer creates a kind of micro-architecture with an eye for lines and symmetry.
In ‘Control’, Vercruysse’s fascination for architecture surfaces. In each building or interior he photographs, he looks for the one detail that intrigues him the most. Like a graphic designer, he plays with lines, structures, colours and perspective. His architecture photographs are telling for the time they were made in, but they also tell a more intimate story about how people live and work. It is his way of portraying people.
And even when Frederik Vercruysse cannot control his subject, he manipulates reality. The third part of Index, ‘Out of Control’, focuses on Vercruysse’s landscape photography. Often, the images are manipulated so that they create a new reality, a reality that evokes a kind of romantic atmosphere for the photgrapher. This again blurs the line between photograph and painting.
Available in stores and online as from 29 October
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Frederik Vercruysse didn’t know whether to study architecture or photography. He decided on the latter, but because blood is thicker than water, Vercruysse mainly focuses on architecture and interior as a professional photographer. He has worked with renowned magazines such as Wallpaper and The Wall Street Journal Magazine, and his client list includes names like Valentino, Uniqlo and Hermès. Frederik Vercruysse is represented by photographer's agency Initials LA.
title index 2006-2016
photography Frederik Vercruysse
text Jina Khayyer
format 20,5 x 27,5 cm
price €39,95 / £ 38 / $50
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A portrait of Frederik Vercruysse by Tom Willems (Director), Heidi Petre (Content) and Geert Verstraete (Camera)