Benoît has been living and working in Brussels for fifteen years, bouncing between the worlds of industry and photography.
He mainly explores industrial buildings and abandoned houses, visions of a slightly dark and sometimes melancholic past. He captures the personality of these places, snatching them from oblivion, giving each image another life, another color, another perspective.
The aesthetics, combined with the raw and subjective reality, sublimated by shadows and light as much as by decay, create strong images that tell a story where time has already done its work. To make these images works of art is to give them their own field of force, beyond even the place and the moment of their capture.
Photography does not stop time; that is what makes these images alive, they are the reflection of what the artist thinks and feels. A work does not remain unchanged in time, on the contrary, it feeds on the secret source of the meaning of the one who apprehends it at a given time or in given circumstances. This is what distinguishes them from any other purely decorative object.
For Benoit, capturing the meaning of the images he captures in these places is a way to illuminate the link between the past and the present. Perhaps also, a way to anticipate the future? As Pablo Picasso said: “There is in art, neither past, nor future. Art that is not in the present will never be”.