Street photographers Barbara van Schaik and Ximena Echague stand behind their views on art
Double Exposure takes to the streets indoors, on an international gallery tour with your docents Karina Brys and Kristin Van den Eede.
“As every street photographer knows, this art can be practiced almost anywhere. A public place, people — and you’re set. Among my favorite environments are museums. Of course, the art interests me, but it is an especially wonderful place for photography. When a sign at the entrance forbids photography, I’m suddenly much less eager to go in. Luckily in this smartphone age, that happens less and less. It’s amazing how often the viewers blend in with the surrounding art, and some museums offer a splendid atmosphere.”
Karina Brys is from Antwerp, Belgium, and developed a passion for street photography while spending six months in China in 2003. She enjoys shooting in many European cities, and a particular favorite destination is Spain.
“I’ve always enjoyed going to museums; there’s something slightly magical about them. You walk in, and it can be anything. You can walk out disappointed, bored, dazzled, intrigued, or all of these things at the same time. For me, going to a museum is also an important part of how I discover cities. I love travelling, especially to big cities, and at some point this sort of merged with my interest in street photography.
Museumgoers are always quiet and composed, yet also incredibly expressive and amusing. They are so preoccupied with what they see that I manage to become entirely invisible, and that’s how I prefer to take pictures. On top of that, I also want to capture that childlike sense of awe that some — most — people experience when they look at something interesting in a museum. It’s completely guileless and I love it. I like to think that it’s a moment of introspection when these people’s polished surface falls away and you see their true self: vulnerable, thoughtful, captivated, and also essentially very much alone.”
Kristin Van den Eede is from Ghent, Belgium. Getting lost in the urban jungle is a true passion of hers, and she is either constantly taking pictures, or thinking about taking them. By day, she is a language teacher, translator and proofreader, but almost all her spare time is devoted to photography.