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Lukas Roels - Lukas Roels, photographer

The Mermaid Song - 2012
Marieke I - 2008
How Many Souls I Have - 2012
Androgyn Angel II - 2007
Viktor I - 2011
Death of an Angel - 2009
Delphine I - 2009
Pia IV - 2010
The Shelf - 2009
Sisters I - 2002
Agnes - 1995
Delphine II - 2009
Angels of Time Book - 2011
Papi - 2001
Androgyn Angel I - 2007
Androgyn Angel IV - 2012
Tomboy - 2012

 

Angels of Time


 

Lukas Roels (°1957, Ghent, Belgium) originally studied photography at the Academy of Arts in Ghent. After some months he left the program, and thanks to self-study, some exams before an exam commission and internships at various photographers’ studios, he managed to become a photographer himself. After a brief career as a press photographer, a job that he thought quite unfulfilling at the time, he started working as a professor. He teaches at several schools and leads workshops for children, youngsters and adults. He only takes on projects very rarely, and he almost exclusively works as an artist His trademark is the specific use of available (day)light. As a principle, Lukas never uses a flash. He evaluates the light and then uses it to his purpose with masterful skill.


 

Lukas has had exhibitions all over the world, even as far as Melbourne. In his home country, he is far less known because his work, and specifically the recent series 'Angels of Time' is considered to be very controversial. To make the ‘Angels of Time‘ series, Lukas Roels made nude photographs of children of different ages. This resulted in beautiful and sober black and white pictures, with topics such as melancholy, candidness, wishes and dreams, time and evanescence. In his remarkable quest for androgyny, he wants to go beyond gender and to picture the universal beauty of a young body. The nudity of children is therefore not sexual, they do not hide anything or provoke. They are just there: self-assured, and sometimes a tad mischievous, but always innocent. They demand to be watched with one and the same look. For some viewers, this is difficult, because these are pictures. It seems to be a more demanding task than to watch statues or paintings. In its essence, however, there is no difference. A picture is just as well an abstraction of reality, and is realized in a similar fashion. There is someone who poses, and there is the artist who makes his eternal and always imperfect attempt to capture time and beauty.


 

Lukas' pictures strike the eye thanks to their disarming beauty: a rugged setting that contrasts with a delicate body, the discerning choice of image elements and a typical and extremely sensitive use of scarce day light and deep shadows result in a very poetic imagery language. An Australian photographer friend said it this way: 'what I like about your work is the way you capture light and your subject within it.'


 

Anne Longerstaey