LAURENT VAN ASSCHE is a fine-art photographer from Kortrijk, Belgium.
Born in 1988, he started with photography in 2005 and specialized in art nude since 2007.
After studying photography and working in a photo studio for a while he became more and more drawn to artistic photography. Nowadays he combines several art project with traveling the world as often as he can. Whilst making our selection for the Creative Guide for Curious People limited edition art book, we heavily focused on artists like him: focused on their passion, professional in their work, full of curiosity and creativity.
We couldn’t really choose better: UTOPIA is a project he’s been carrying on shooting the stunning contrast between old, broken abandoned buildings and completely nude models. The amazing natural light and the powerful temper of the location he choose give us an eye-catching series of images your mind won’t get rid of.
You can find more Laurent Van Assche‘s UTOPIA nudes in our Creative Guide for Curious People: we can say those images are timeless, there’s nothing in the photos that really dates them in any way starting from the absence of clothing to the mysterious yet fascinating buildings. This is what we call a masterpiece.
Your first project, last project and future project: how would you describe them?
Since I was a little kid I was always fascinated by abandoned structures simply left to rot.
When nature starts to take back these places and the start to decay they transform into very atmospheric places. I started taking photos of these places in an attempt to capture the emotions they brought out in me, but it always felt like something was missing. And so the idea for Utopia starting growing.
I love the contrast between the old broken abandoned buildings and the models.
I shoot nudes because they best allow the use of the amazing natural light in these locations and it gives the photos something timeless, since there’s nothing in the photos that really dates them in any way like clothing would.
What do you find inspiring and how would you describe your lifestyle?
I get inspired by lots of things. Mostly by shapes in nature or architecture, or sometimes simply the way the light makes certain objects look, or the shadows it creates.
Playing round with light has always been very important in my work.
I try to travel as often as possible and get inspired by the things I see on my trips.
What would you probably be today if you hadn’t followed your dreams of doing what you do, or what is your actual dream?
My dream is that one day I make enough money from my art to travel the world and create art in as many countries as possible, with people from across the globe.
Artists and events: can you tell us the most interesting thing that you’ve found in your career until now?
What made this project so interesting for me is that it allows me to see places & structures that most people never get to see, and also that it makes me meet a lot of new, interesting people.
The place where you were born, the place where you live, the best place where you traveled with your work: can you tell us something that only you know to describe them?
Earlier this year, while I was traveling through New Zealand, I did a photo shoot on a remote beach on the west coast, about 30 minutes from Auckland. That day the last remainder of a cyclone was passing through and with the constantly changing light and the fact that we were totally alone made for a very special atmosphere. These volcanic beaches are incredibly beautiful and surprisingly they’re not that well known and don’t really attract a lot of people.