THE PROJECT :
A series of portraits on contemporary men - entrepreneurs, artists, sportsmen, chefs, actors, and more, who revolve around Bellerose and give life to the brand’s spirit on a daily basis.
An intimate series of eclectic and offbeat encounters that dwells on the key moments in the person’s life. Entirely shot on film without any retouch to preserve the raw and authentic feel.
For the first project, it seemed logical to focus on one of the leaders in this adventure, our talented photographer: Sébastien Bonin himself.
We hope that you will have as much pleasure in discovering the series as we had in creating it.
WORKSHOP/ SHARING A HOUSE
The workshop I used to have when I started out was also where I lived at the time. It was somewhat sketchy as I shared with a gangster type. Welcome in the real life.
To me the 90’s were Nirvana & Wu-Tang. “36Chambers”. House of Pain, Beastie Boys – my friends and I were all about that.
My son ! A coming out of sorts. The first time I’ve fallen in love with a man.
One doesn’t become a photographer, one ends up being a photographer.
When you’re not with the one you love, love the one you’re with. You get together with a girl because she’s the one that chose you (finally, my turn).
She was the daughter of one of the bosses at my first job. I felt like a kid in a candy store.
THE ART WORLD
A lucky accident I’d say. Fascinated by aesthetics, I started studying at la Cambre at the age of 20. I owe my career to the choice I made back then. I’ll admit that la Cambre had the cutest girls in Brussels at the time, which helped me with my choice.
A GREAT NIGHT OUT
Self-mockery, fun, humor. All crucial. Other than that:
- 70% black out / 30% debriefing the day after to put the pieces back together
- I once lost my car for 3 days, couldn’t remember where I’d parked it. My dad helped me find it.
It gets me out of my cave. I like it when the roles are reversed. This time I have to adapt and not the other way around.
NEXT STEP ?
I’ve got a big exhibition coming in September 2017 at the Island in Brussels. It’s called “Le désespoir des singes’’ (“The desperation of monkeys”) and well… it should be interesting.
NEXT PORTRAIT COMING UP BY THE END OF MAY, STAY TUNNED!