"I try to capture the feelings of loneliness, isolation and alienation because these strongly resonate with me personally. I shoot in a wider frame as it allows me to use extra horizontal space to evoke emptiness."
"My name is Hyun De Grande. I was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1987 and I was adopted to Belgium when I was around 4 months old. I grew up in a small town in West Flanders called Oostkamp together with my parents and my younger brother, who is also adopted.
From age 15 to 19, I studied film and photography at the Art Academy in Bruges, which was my introduction to both artforms. After two more years of studying film directing at the School of Arts in Ghent, I moved to Brussels in 2008 to specialize in Cinematography at the RITCS, where I ultimately graduated.
My street photography emerged from the quiet moments between film jobs as a way to keep training the visual side of my brain. It has quickly become a passion to which I love devoting my energy to whenever I have time. It’s obvious that my cinematography background has heavily influenced my photography style, yet I try to approach it in a different way. For one, my photography work is more personal because I don’t share the creative process with other people, which allows me to explore themes that are closer to myself. I consider it as a deeper expression of who I am as a person."
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