As I was walking down Antwerp’s streets, noticing all the beautiful buildings and the people passing them through – almost without paying any attention to the beauty surrounding them, I couldn’t stop thinking: is this what we’re doing to our lives too? Does it make God sad watching us? Chasing all sorts of things, running from one place to another, never content, always wanting more of if not more, at least different. I have always dreamed of living in a beautiful city from a photographic point of view. But this thought pierced my mind: What if I had Paris and the Eiffel Tower and it would only turn out to be our national CEC Palace for me in a few years? I mean…I don’t stop in gaze of it when I’m at home, not anymore.
And so I began to see Antwerp not just with longing eyes but with gratitude too. For what I have and sometimes, for what I don’t.
Simple things that made me look up:
- the train station
- the old man smoking a pipe with his dog – it reminded me of Hachiko, for those of you who haven’t seen the movie yet, it’s perfect for a rainy day like this one;
- the shoes – if I would be out of reasons to visit Belgium, I think I’d come back just for the shoes’s sake; you can’t resist cool, hippie, colourful, nordic shoes;
- the waffles – waffles will never taste the same after you’ve tried the belgian ones;
- the wise man selling them in what he calls to be “the smallest waffle factory”; Try them simple! he said as I was getting ready to jump on the first chocolate one; You can always add chocolate afterwards, plus, it will save you 50 cents! Simple was good. Simple is good. I do tend to complicate things sometimes. Wise words from a wise man;
- the sunlight in the market place
- the street flowers