The contrast with the sophistication of Knokke, the belle époque grandeur of De Haan or the bustling seaside resorts of Ostend, Middelkerke and Blankenberge could not be clearer.
Photographer Henk van Cauwenbergh has his roots in this multifarious hinterland. It is where he met Jacques Brel as a 16-year-old. A short meeting, but one that left an indelible impression… and now, decades later, results in this impressive photo book. Henk van Cauwenbergh captured the iconic places of “his” flat land in his unmistakable style; the Damse Vaart, the polders, the Zwinvlakte, the North Sea beach … Mon Plat Pays is a 232-page-long visual tale with as common thread the many culinary addresses in the region, from authentic eateries to Michelin-starred restaurants.
A photographer stalks a writer after he heavily distorts and manipulates her portrait. Like a paparazzo, he lurks in wait. He records every detail of her daily life with his camera while she writes the sci-fi story that is published in this book. But above all he wants to know what impact the image manipulation has on her psyche. With inevitable consequences for both of them.