Like a tourist I’ve always loved exploring life, what holds us together, getting to know different people from different cultures, different sectors of work, countries, languages and lifestyles. I have been lucky and able to see a lot. My camera has joined me in grasping some moments on this journey of life. When in Oostende, Belgium, with a friend from Bruxelles I came across these impressive orange-red sculptures. They immediately touched me. They reminded me of the encounters I had while spending time in a hospital. There, it was no longer relevant what material goods everyone held, what achievements one‘s life had brought about or how slim you were. All that mattered was humanity: people as human beings. With their good days, worse days, bad habits, great characters, their edges and health concerns. The question was: what is really relevant in life and how to be one’s authentic self? My picture was harmed in the developing process. So it looks a little squished and distorted. Similar to the sculptures themselves. Or quite like everyone I’ve met: everyone has gone through difficult times and has felt squished from expectations, no matter if triggered internally or externally. So it’s important to be kind, no matter what. The song by Chilly Gonzales underlines this, in my perception. After all, we’re all tourists in this life, on this planet. It’s okay to feel squished: it’s beautiful, it’s me, it’s you!
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