Recently I have been captivated by the domestic portraits of Belgian photographer Mieke Verbijlen. In documenting her friends’ spaces, Mieke focusses her lens, not so much on the architecture, but on serendipitous moments of life: a cat perched on the table, a pile of laundry, a plant bent towards the sun. Thus her images are dynamic – like single screen shots in an unfolding drama, one can anticipate the next frame of action. Steeped in atmosphere, Mieke’s photos also have a palpable quality, and leave you feeling as if you were in the room. They are witty, celebrating the quirks of “real life.” In fact Mieke’s images are so infused with personality, that the objects in the room appear not as mere “props”, but as central characters in the live’s played out in the rooms. And so, though they may only appear as blurs in the distance, through Mieke’s carefully trained eye, we come to know them – the occupants of these homes.
Charlotte and Miljan’s
You can see the entire collection of this, and all the homes that Mieke has documented, on her website.
See more Mieke at the blog she shares with her friend, Veronik.
All photos copyright Mieke Verbijlen. Used with her permission.