Jacques (56) organizes first solo exhibition for photo art: “The sea gives me a lot of peace” (Antwerp)

Jacques (56) organizes first solo exhibition for photo art: “The sea gives me a lot of peace” (Antwerp)
Jacques (56) organizes first solo exhibition for photo art: “The sea gives me a lot of peace” (Antwerp)
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Jacques Vermeulen is often inspired by the sea for his photo art. — © jof

Zulte/Antwerp

From May 16 to 19, art photographer Jacques Vermeulen (56) will organize his first solo exhibition in Antwerp. In his work he is often inspired by the sea and has won several prizes for this. “My first solo exhibition is quite exciting, a new step into the ocean,” says Jacques with a joke.

In daily life, Jacques Vermeulen works at The eCloud Company, a company that develops charging applications for electric cars. However, almost all of his free time is spent on his passion for art photography. He has already completed approximately seven years of additional training and recently enrolled at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. There the idea for a first solo exhibition matured.

Jacques has previously exhibited work and even won three international prizes with photos from his previous project Interstitium I, not coincidentally also inspired by the sea. “I can’t answer exactly what I have with the ocean,” says Jacques. “Maybe my work is just the search for that answer. I do know that the sea gives me a lot of peace. I go sailing about once a year and then I become completely zen. On the open sea you see nothing, you hear nothing, there is the connection with nature, …” (Read more below the photo)

Jacques won several international art prizes with previous photos from the Interstitium series.

Jacques won several international art prizes with previous photos from the Interstitium series. — © Jacques Vermeulen

“My new photo project is also about the sea. During my training I previously did some research into ways in which people used to navigate at sea. I came across the original inhabitants of the Marshall Islands. These are tiny islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The tallest thing there is a palm tree. If the original inhabitants went too far from their island with their boats, they no longer saw the palm tree and had no landmark to find their way back.”

“However, it was only by the swell of the sea that they could determine where their island was, which is how they navigated the open ocean. They also made special nautical charts for this purpose. They were called Rebbelib, and that is also the name of my new photo project. I worked on it for eighteen months, it was a long search. I wanted to create a 3D effect in my photos in a certain way.” (Read more below the photo)

The new series of Rebbelib photos are engraved in an acrylic plate and specially exposed to create a 3D effect.

The new series of Rebbelib photos are engraved in an acrylic plate and specially exposed to create a 3D effect. — © Jacques Vermeulen

“After much experimenting, I arrived at a technique in which the photo is engraved in an acrylic plate with varying depths. This is then highlighted with LED lights that are hidden in a frame and can all be adjusted separately. I designed the computer that takes care of this myself. In this way, my training as an engineer comes together nicely with my hobby as an art photographer.”

Jacques’ exhibition entitled Temporal Echoes will take place at Beyond Space, along Pourbusstraat 7 in Antwerp during the Antwerp Art Weekend from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 May. The exhibition can be viewed from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will be a preview on Wednesday, May 15 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The exhibited works are for sale in limited editions. More information at https://jacquesvermeulen.com/.

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