It was a cold but ethereal morning, with just weeks left in the great year of 1980, when a Belgian-American photographer-extraordinaire first emerged from the soil on the lush hills of Morningside Heights, Harlem, New York. Biking to school across Columbia University by the tender age of 10, this seedling was then exported and transplanted across the great pond to the [then] biggest port in the world; Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Surrounded by modern architecture in a strange but wonderful city, this sprouting seed met his first true great love… they were to never part ever again. The young sapling emerged from under the gray skies, then venturing off down south (to more gray skies) via his family’s deep-rooted connection with the port of Antwerp, Belgium, with his love still neatly nestled along his side.
An artistically minded city in regards to contemporary couture and classical painting, Antwerp gave this sprout (via Brussels coincidentally) his vision of the future. He severed his family roots and set off once again into the deep dark unknown, settling for the green pastures of Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York. It was here, that his eternal relationship with his true love emerged as they together witnessed his love for photography blossom. Her name was Nikon.
Nurturing his talents as a photographer and graduating from Pratt Institute with a BA in Photography this now matured (somewhat) artist delved into the cruel world of assisting, all the while nourishing his portfolio. Several years and exhibitions on, this, now young-man, cut his pedigree once again and followed in his fathers footsteps as he set out alone to the far Far-East. So far east in fact, that he actually had to fly west to get there.
Arriving in the late summer of 2009 and have fallen in love several more times (Hasselblad, Mamiya, Toyo, and now with Canon) he finds himself once again in the [now] biggest port in the world.
It is here, in the dawn of a humid new day and surrounded by über modern architecture, that his new adventure (and this subsequent blog) begins…
温倜米 (“wēn tí mǐ”)