Caro Dewilde · You breathe in me

Nov 19, 2020

Caro is a Belgian photographer who uses photography as a mean to express her feelings and thoughts. In her series 'You breathe in me', Caro depicts her and her mother's grief after losing her brother. With a series of intimate and thoughtful images, Caro uses the medium as a cathartic way to relieve her emotions and perpetuate the memory of her brother.

am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?

CD -  Hi, my name is Caro Dewilde. I’m 23 years old and I live in Belgium, born in a little town near the sea. I obtained my bachelor in Journalism and I’m currently studying Photography at Luca School of Arts in Brussels. I’ve always had a big love for film photography and photography in general, as it was always my way of expressing myself. Besides photography, I love to travel, make ceramics, explore nature and mountains, listen to music or cook... I have a lot of interests.

 

am - How did you start in photography?

CD -  I have always been interested in images, colors and stories. During my childhood I initially started using my father’s camera and I liked experimenting with it. Eventually my brother and I really got into analog photography and started going out together with our cameras. At flea markets and second-hand stores, we searched for analogue cameras and shot many rolls of film together. This way I discovered my love for photography very quickly and knew I wanted to do this forever. It became a way of life for me and it can translate my deepest emotions. It also remains an interesting growth process for me, especially if you get more control over your images by developing and scanning yourself and trying different things out.

 

am - What inspires your work?

CD - A lot inspires me. My daily observations and thoughts, long walks in nature, unknown places, things I read and hear, my environment and the people around me, bodies and movement. I mainly photograph from my feelings, very intuitive.

am - What is 'You breathe in me' about?

CD - ‘You breathe in me’, is a combination of old and new work and is about my beloved brother. At the age of 22 my brother was hit by a car. After one year of fighting hard in a coma, we had to say goodbye to my dear brother. It remains a difficult process for me and my family and the incident leaves a lifelong emptiness behind. I miss my brother everyday. Warmth gave way to emptiness and sorrow. This personal series translates my feelings. It currently consists of many separate images forming one collection. There are analogue photos of my brother when he was still here, as well as recent photos of my mother after the incident. Lots of photographs portray my mother to represent the void after this loss. They are intimate, subtle and fragile photos, representing loneliness and endlessness. My brother lives on in me, therefore the series is not finished for me and it will probably never be.

 

am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?

CD - There are so many artists I find inspiring. I love the work of Viviane Sassen, Elinor Carucci, Francesca Woodman, Lara Gasparotto, Lotte van Raalte, Nina Raasch, Paul Kooiker, the duo Tania Shcheglova and Roman Noven...

 

am - What is your favourite movie?

CD - At the moment 'A Bigger Splash' by Luca Guadagnino, 'La Danseuse' by Stéphanie Di Giusto and the old movie 'Manon des Sources' by Claude Berri.

 

am - What is your favourite photo book?

CD - Many books. A few: ‘Europeans’ by Henri Cartier-Bresson, ‘In and out of fashion’ by Viviane Sassen, ‘Ukraine’ by Synchrodogs, ‘Solstices’ by Lara Gasparotto.

 

am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.

CD - Thank you for having me!

All images © Caro Dewilde

 

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