Singing a song thinking this is the life

Alex Callier, Hooverphonic

If I was interested in photographing a little over a dozen singer-songwriters for his book, that was the question Julian De Backer asked me early last year. Julian and I both went to the same college to study journalism, but we actually go way back to kindergarten. As toddlers, we were in the same class, until my parents decided to move about fifty kilometers away. Twenty years later, we serendipitously ended up in the same school once again, and Julian actually became one of my first models when I just started dipping my toe into photography.

Julian De Backer

Fast forward another ten years (man am I’m old or what?), and we were working on Songwriters (by publishing group Lannoo), Julian’s first but definitely not last book. In this work Julian has collected interviews with singer-songwriters, going in-depth about the life and art of professional song writing.

Kris Wauters, Clouseau
Isolde Lasoen

I was honoured to be a part of this project and to catch a glimpse of how some of Belgium’s most famous artists go through life. I also don’t know anyone who could have been a better author for this book, as Julian is a wonderful writer and clearly a walking music encyclopedia, and it was lovely to see him and his interviewees get so deep into the subject at times I feared I had lost them forever. ;)

Featured in this blogpost are some of my favorite images, but there are lots more to be seen in the book itself, which also features a cd with never before released demo’s, which is quite a treat. Available in stores or here and here, to name a few.

Ozark Henry