For Moments Before the Flood, Carl De Keyzer aims to travel for seven months in Europe, going around the coastline from England, Iceland to Poland and Scandinavia, aiming only to capture landscapes and water. An occasional human presence might also occur. His images contain a certain uneasiness that could be interpreted as a sign of upcoming catastrophe: if some predictions come true, the world’s water level could rise 3–5 metres, which would have devastating effects on the European coastline. It’s also an attempt (possibly fictitious) to preserve, for the last time, the beauty of this coastline. As always in Carl De Keyzer’s work, there is a link with the history of painting. This time it is the Dutch marine landscapes that caught his attention.
Carl De Keyzer (1958, Belgium) works as a freelance-photographer since 1982; he became a member of the Magnum Photo Agency in 1994.
He published eight books :
Homo Sovieticus/USSR-1989-CCCP (1989),
God, Inc. (1992),
East of Eden (1996) ,
Carl De Keyzer also received many awards, including:
the "Grand Prix Triennale de la Ville de Fribourg" (Fribourg 1988),
the "Prix du Livre" (Arles 1990),
the "Eugene Smith Award" (New York 1990),
and the "Prix de la Critique - Kodak" (Paris 1992),
His photos were published in The Independent Magazine, Rolling Stone, Life Magazine, The Daily Telegraph Magazine, Los Angeles Time Magazine, Frankfurter Allgemeine, The Guardian, El Pais, The European, Globe, Liberation, Le Figaro Magazine, De Morgen, De Volkskrant. LightBox
En straks komt de vloedgolf
Foto-onderschrift: Livorno, Italië Vrouwenpolder, Nederland Ancona, Italië Stonehaven, Verenigd Koninkrijk Costa da Caparica, Almada, Portugal