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.
Photography offers a thousand and one ways of looking at our societies. According to the international scene, Calvin’s main talent is that his works bear witness to the great respect he has for the personal identity of everyone he captures in photographs.