Frank Van Imschoot is a Belgian Photographer born in Gent. He lived in different European capitals like Brussels, Amsterdam, Luxembourg and London.
At early age he already was taking holiday pictures en pictures of his direct surroundings. It all started 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 11th birthday. Wherever he was, his camera was with him.
He followed an evening course during 2 years to get more specialised into photography and to learn how to developing his own B&W photos in a darkroom. From 2005 onward he’s shooting mainly through digital and often directly in monochrome.
Aside from street photography he's also an adept of Studio photography (with a focus on Portrait photography)
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.
During the years I've been influenced by some amazing artists like René Magritte, William Klein, Martin Parr and Daido Moriyama. Each artist has given me a different perspective of what photography, art and life is all about.
The high contrast Black and White photography, which became a signature of my work, loses 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 surreal statement of the light and the darkness of our culture.
Ever since I was young I was fascinated by the traditional understanding of the zeitgeist, capturing the inexorable truth within the divergence of the moment, which in my opinion is what street photography is all about.