“When I moved to Brussels, a very common reaction from people back home was that it was such a grey city. For this series, I transposed the word ‘grey’ into its figurative meaning: neither black nor white. Being grey or in-between is one of the qualities of Brussels. It is a very eclectic city where there seems to be no order to things: residential and industrial areas, the old and the new, leisure and work...everything mixes, scenes overlap, and cultures merge. I’m fascinated with how we tend to normalize our environment, so I searched for some of these grey areas that are so present in the landscape.”
About Thomas Ost
Thomas Ost (Antwerp, 1989) came to Brussels to study documentary filmmaking, but ended up working as a photographer because he preferred the directness of the medium, the uncommon encounters it provides, and the physical memory that remains in the form of a film strip.
In the Framed series, a different Brussels-based photographer captures the city in four photographs every month. In black and white or with a theatrical glow, from on top of a tower or with a tripod firmly on the cobblestones, with a melancholy gaze or with their eyes wide open to the city’s surreal nature.