This is Jeroen Hanselaer
This introduction should really not be more than that one little sentence. It is difficult to ‘explain’ a photographer. It’s not something that can be done in words. A photographer explains himself – in pictures.
And this is also what this book does.
This is Jeroen Hanselaer.
If you really want a comparison, then let’s take the one global sport that
everyone knows: football. If Jeroen were a footballer, then he would be the player that you would come to the stadium to see.
Not because he is the successful striker that slots the goals in so easily, nor because he is the invincible goalie.
But rather because he is the creative mid-fielder. You know that that
superb pass is coming, you know that it will be followed by that amazing
dribble, and you know that that magical moment, in all its simplicity, is going to unfold.
This is just what he does in his photographs.
As a privileged witness of a longstanding collaboration with magazines such as Menzo and Culinaire Ambiance, I can only say that I could identify ‘a Hanselaer’ among all other photos.
Precisely because of that simple magic that hits you as a child, a
grandfather, a friend, a person, a witness, a passer-by, a traveller, a teenager. In an over-mediatised world in which everyone sees themselves technically as a photographer, one thing really remains absolute – the eye of the master.
And it is this that you witness with this book.
A book that displays far more than the magazine work for which the photographer Jeroen Hanselaer is known.
This is his view of the world.
His view of the beauty of people, the beauty of
things, the simplicity of being. This is who he is, what he is.
This is Jeroen Hanselaer.
Writen as foreword to the book : RESTLESS
Jorn Van Besauw
Editor in Chief Menzo Magazine 2008-2012
RESTLESS, Uitgeverij NENO, 2015
Upcoming Portrait Project, 2021
Qu'Elle est Belle
CC De Kern, Wilrijk, Feb 2005
Design Museum, Ghent, Feb - March 2006
Jazz @ Luchtbal
CC Luchtbal, Antwerp, Feb 2008
Gallery Link, Ghent, Nov 2011
The Green Jersey Portraits, 100 Years Tour De France
Travelling Exhibit, 2012
Campo & Campo, Antwerp, March 2015
Restless Black & White
Gallery C41, Antwerp, April 2015
Galerij Verbeeck & Vandijck, Antwerp, March 2019
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Hilton Group, Royco, Pizza Hut, ABN-AMRO, WWF, L’Oreal, Royal Antwerp FC, Serax, Brico, Panos, Licata Vini, …
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