Dreaming in color

If you have been following me on instagram, you will have noticed I am currently working on a rather colourful project. Even though I like black and white, my heart and soul just crave color. I also love the square format and working on more conceptual artworks. It is still a work in progress, with new photos coming soon. So if you like these, follow @elsvo for more regular updates! :)

When in lockdown… Make some zines!

With some extra time on my hands during the lockdown, I got the idea to try and make a few zines. I have made some books before but zines seemed like a fun yet nice way to put some smaller projects on display.

So I decided to go through my archive and soon enough I got some ideas for different zines.

There was this citytrip to Lisbon in 2015, where I got mesmerised by all the pretty textures of the city, and that time I went to the Moroccan blue city of Chefchaouen and got to see all the friendly cats living there. Not to mention the four times I went to Iceland and had lovely encounters with its rugged but sweet horses.

As mentioned in my previous blogpost, at the time I was also working on a self portrait project during the days of corona lockdown. I came up with the name ‘Quaranzine’ (a zine during quarantine ;p) and was pretty pleased with myself for finding this name, so even if just for the name, this project would also be made into a zine.

So, four projects, four zines. Days of selecting photos, trying to find long lost photos on old hard-drives (damn my old unorganised self!), deciding to re-edit photos, and lay-outing later, the zines were ready for a trial order. And when they arrived on my doorstep a bit over a week later, I was actually pretty pleased with the result. The zines looked very polished, so I decided to put them up for sale.

If you’re interested in supporting this mad photographer, you can find the zines and my previously published books on Blurb. Eternal sunshine and happiness will come your way if you do! ;)

I am definitely thinking about doing some more in the future, maybe I will do some every 3 or 4 months… It would also be a good way to push me a bit out of my comfort zone and try different types of photography. I remember for example having a lot of fun doing street photography way back in college…

See my zines see my zines oh please would you see my zines

What about you, have you ever made some zines? What was your experience? Or do you have some zine ideas for me for the future? Let me know in the comments! :)

A quarantine kind of life

With Belgium going into a lockdown for the COVID-19 virus, I decided to take up another self portrait project. Because why not and also, I cannot help myself. It’s nice to have a creative outlet and I found it a good way to distract myself from the overwhelming amount of news updates regarding the new virus.

I decided to make one self portrait each day of the Belgian lockdown. I started on March 17th and kept the project going for 55 days, until May 10th, as from that date we’re allowed to see (limited numbers of) family members again and all the stores are reopening. I’d like to share with you a small selection of my favourite photos. :)

How are things on your end? Is the lockdown still going strong where you live? Are you doing any creative projects in this strange time?

A walk between the cherry trees

Hi guys! How are you all doing? Times are so strange right now, it’s hard to wrap your head around it. One good thing though is that over the past weeks, spring has finally arrived in Belgium, which has made being stuck at home 500% more bearable.

One of my absolute favourite moments of every year is April, when the cherry trees in my neighbourhood start to blossom. This time I decided to make a short video while going out to shoot some self portraits early in the morning. The blossoms are gone right now, but I’m really happy I made a video to have a permanent memory of the beauty that I was lucky to be surrounded with for a few weeks.

And here are a few more photos for your entertainment:

I hope you are all doing well and keeping up the spirits! See you next time. :)

I made a book! Or two…

When I started making self portraits way back in 2008, I never would have thought I would be doing this for such a long time. But here we are, at the end of 2019 and I have decided to gather some of my favorite self portraits from the past decade into two books.

One More Creature‘ is an 80-page hardcover book, featuring self portraits divided into three categories: “Everything looks worse in black and white”, “The inescapable nude” and “It’s all in the details”. It’s an overall overview of the work I produced in the past ten years, starring some of my absolute favorite photos.

In Monochrome‘ is a softcover book containing 42 pages and features exclusively black and white self portraits. The cool thing about this book is that it also features some of my analog portraits as well as a couple previously unpublished photos.

I have put all my effort into creating these two beautiful books. They are basically… My life. If you like my photography and want to support this starving artist, consider buying one of these books. It would mean the world to me!

One More Creature
One More Creature
By Els Vanopstal
Photo book
In Monochrome
In Monochrome
By Els Vanopstal
Photo book