Wouter Van de Voorde is a Belgian photographer exploring the creative opportunities offered by the medium in Canberra, Australia.
Featured project titled Home/home is a sensitive exploration of the deep angst of living half a world apart from the ones we love. The artist, fearing he can never ever see his grandparents place again because of the rare visits to his hometown, started to document the surroundings of his relatives place in Belgium. Wandering in the eucalyptus forests of his current habitat Canberra, seeking tranquility, the nearby mountains feel as homely to the artist now as his grandparents place.
In his series, Wouter juxtaposes the nearby landscapes of his current home in Australia and the rarely visited interiors of his grandparents apartment, generating a thread of thought about nostalgic memories. The artist draws our attention to one particular detail about the series: “The odd one out in this series is an interior of an abandoned farmhouse in the street of my parents, coincidentally the pinkish palette of this picture resounded in the landscape pictures, the dystopian nature of this particular picture could be a metaphor for the bitter sweetness of living far away from loved relatives.” The whole body of work radiates the bitter sweetness of living apart from our loved ones.