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Interview With Innovative Photographer: Bart Kuykens

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One of the most delightful points of interest in regards to the Belgium art scene is the endearing work of photographer  Bart Kuykens. His minimalist approach to the craft of the photographer has opened new doors to the art world and persevered innovative concepts in the field. His life experience and work are tools we can certainly learn from. Enjoy!

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Warlock Asylum: Before we begin, I would like to express my gratitude for the time you have taken to answer a few questions and share a glimpse of your world with us today. However, for some who may not be familiar with your persona, please introduce yourself. Who is Bart Kuykens?

Bart Kuykens: I am a professional photographer based in Antwerp, Belgium – shooting only analog black and white. My signature style is dark and edgy, sometimes even a little dirty but always with a playful touch.

Warlock Asylum: What was life like for you growing up?

Bart Kuykens: I have nothing to complain about. Grew up in a little town with a lot of friends and love from my parents. Always did a lot of activities and we made a lot of fun.

Warlock Asylum: What inspired you to pursue a career as a photographer?

Bart Kuykens: The passion for analog photography and the cameras. I just love the process of shooting analog. The smell of the film, the time between taking a picture and seeing the result. It always intrigued me.

Warlock Asylum: Your work as a photographer is truly monumental. What sort of training did you have to help facilitate your passion for the craft?

Photography by Bart Kuykens


Bart Kuykens: I did not have training from someone. I just watched closely how other photographers were working and I developed my own style and workflow. I still think the best way to learn photography is by going outside and start shooting.

Warlock Asylum: What were some of the obstacles that you had to overcome in order to make your dream of being a photographer become a reality?

Bart Kuykens: You don’t become successful overnight. You have to work very hard. Everyday. And you have to keep going. A typical obstacle is always cashflow. As for every artist in his early years, you have periods where you don’t make money. Or where you invest more then you make. But that’s OK. I still have months where I invest a lot in order to grow and to raise my game. I was never afraid of that.

Warlock Asylum: You are often noted for your highly successful automotive art books ‘A Flat6 love affair’. Can you share with us how this book series came about and how did it herald your career as a photographer?

Bart Kuykens: I realize the books were my stepping-stone to where I am now, but I don’t want to be labeled as an automotive photographer. The table books are about my passion for people and their old-timer/vintage Porsche. Of course, I gained global success because of this and I am thankful I could work with so many amazing people. And as you know, working with one person always opens a door to another one.

Warlock Asylum: How has your work in capturing automotive images differed from taking photos of celebrities and models?

Bart Kuykens: My workflow stays the same. My desire and passion as well. I admit I prefer to work with people over cars because I like the dialogue with my subject. Even if my time with them is short, they always say something interesting. I learned a lot when working with celebrities.

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Photography by Bart Kuykens


Warlock Asylum: How has your worked and minimalist approach to photography been received by others in the field?

Bart Kuykens: By other photographers? I don’t know and I don’t care to be honest. I think an artist should always do what he thinks is best for them. If you start worrying what others think of you then you’re on the wrong path.

As for clients I can only speak for them who work with me, and I think they are satisfied. They know my work ethic and should not be surprised with the results as my signature style is very straightforward.

Warlock Asylum: What can we expect to see from Bart Kuykens in the near future? Any final thoughts?

 

Bart Kuykens: I am working on 2 projects in London and Paris simultaneously. The result should be two art table books and an exhibition. Stay tuned!

*Thanks once again! On behalf of Warlock Asylum International News, I would like to wish you all the best in your artistic and earthly endeavors! Website: www.bartkuykens.com

Photography by Bart Kuykens
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