Frank Van Imschoot was born in Gent, Belgium. Living most of his time in Brussels and London.
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. From 2005 onwards he’s shooting mainly in digital and often directly in monochrome.
My work explores the relationship between the body and urban spaces.
A lot of my work can be considered as (like I would call it) faux surrealism or some others would call it Magic Realism; bringing a fresh presentation of the everyday life, using unusual points of views or common objects presented in a uncanny way often including a bit of humour or irony. However, everything we see is within the realm of the possible, although sometimes very unlikely.
Influenced by William Klein and Daido Moriyama. The high contrast Black and White photography will lose detail but will massively gain in character; Grey gets dissolved into White or Black and people often become silhouettes in their own environment. What starts out as normal soon becomes debased into an artistic manifesto of contrast between day and night. 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.