The ‘Belgium, Mon Amour’ project

For many Belgians the idea of the fatherland seems to be an alien concept. In the near 200 years of its existence we have called our country many things: a farce, a surrealist masterpiece, a failed state and – even – the best remedy against patriotism. All self depreciating comments aside however the true nature of Belgium keeps eluding the best of us.

So what is this country nobody seems to take serious really like? With the year 2030 as my deadline I am randomly roaming through Belgium, looking for anything that smells like fatherland.

The results of this highly unscientific research will be published in a series of limited edition magazines between now and October 4, 2030, exactly 200 years after the Belgian Declaration of Independence.

After which this photographer will graciously retire to the south of nowhere