Photography is, first of all a way of seeing. It is not seeing itself.
I took this photograph in the early spring 1980's in Brussels, Belgium. It was a key period for cultural exchanges between Japan and Europe. This cultural meeting between the Far East and the West will influence dramatically fashion, arts and culture. The 1980's was also the beginning of the careers of Miyake, Yamamoto, Rei Kawakubo and Kenzo influencing young generations of designers all over Europe. This event had a particular and significant influence on the famous group of designers Six of Antwerp, at that time still students at the Royal Academy of Arts and Design in Antwerp.
This photograph is for me a visual resume of the Japanese influence on Western culture and the philosophical writings and essays from late Susan Sontag from a period that had a real impact on my artistic and creative views.