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MONKS & STEEL

     

thierry falise

Photo-journalist, author

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In the old tradition of Belgian surrealism, I have designed an unprecedented encounter, only permitted through an artistic expression, between abandoned industrial sites and south east Asian Buddhist monks.

I have  created photomontages with pictures of monks from Burma, Thailand and Cambodia taken over twenty years of reportages which I have positioned in settings captured in the heart of southern Belgium Sambre Valley.

This is the encounter of two clich├ęs; the black and rust of abandoned steel mills and collieries, the maroon and saffron of Buddhist monks caught by the lens in  situations often unfamiliar with a Western audience.


"It's very beautiful, powerful"... A friend.


"That's nonsense, how dare you do that"... Another friend.