Frank Van Imschoot was born in Gent, Belgium.
He started already taking holiday pictures en pictures of his direct surroundings in the early 80′s with the Kodak Ektra 200 of his brother. He became so attached to the camera, that his parents bought him a Minolta X300 for his 10th birthday. Wherever he was, his camera was with him.
He followed 2 years of evening courses to get more specialised into it and starting developing his own B&W photos in a darkroom in the early 2000.
My work explores the relationship between the body and urban spaces.
With influences as diverse as William Klein, Lee Friedlander and Daido Moryama, new art pieces are crafted from both traditional and modern dialogues.
Mastering a special technique to shoot with very high ASA film, day and night; Then heavily underexpose the image and then overdevelop it in the darkroom. This would result in a loss of detail but a massive gain in character; Grey gets desolved into White or Black and people often become silhouttes in their own environment.
What starts out as normal soon becomes debased into an artistic manifesto of contrast between day and night and leaving only a sense of photographical nihilism and the prospect of a new reality or raw behaviour.
The viewer is left with a statement of the light and the darkness of our culture.
Ever since I was a student I have been fascinated by the traditional understanding of the zeitgeist; capturing the inexorable truth within the the divergence of the moment.