July 23, 2021
GLIMPSES OF REALITY
IN CONVERSATION WITH MARC PENNARTZ
Photography by Marc Pennartz
Interview by Melanie Meggs
Belgian street photographer Marc Pennartz was born in the Netherlands, lived in Sweden and is now based in the Antwerp region in Belgium. A journalist by profession, he initially picked up a camera to illustrate his articles. In recent years, he has been dedicating his time to his own interpretation of street photography. Using a simple, handy, mirrorless digital camera, Marc takes his photographs in the public space, in an environment designed by people, regularly showing people, but in many cases, not as the subject. His walks through Antwerp and Brussels are all about observation, without a preconceived plan or goal. His work often tends towards the abstract, wanting to convey some sort of emotion but all is left up to the imagination of the viewer. For Marc, photography is at its best when it’s ambiguous. He is naturally attracted to dirty glass and reflections, facades and objects marked by the ravages of time, by shapes, layers and textures that we normally ignore, and how they work together. He cherishes the freedom of chaos, and he love to surrender to chance. Marc regularly gives lectures and workshops on street photography.
"I think every great photograph has a McGuffin too: an element that you can sense without seeing it. If you feel there is one in a given situation, click! If you don’t feel it, look elsewhere. Put a few McGuffin's together and you have a reflection of your personality."