“The origins of my photography started way back when I was 14 years old. My dad gave me an old analogue Pentax camera, and I started to experiment with long exposure shots and black & white film. And so it happened that the town where I grew up featured a lot of abandonments: castles, villas, factories… From a very young age my friends and I would venture into those forbidden structures and make them ours, turning them into our playgrounds. I’ve been documenting abandoned places since my childhood. I reflect my juvenile times a lot. We were without a care in the world, already venturing beyond any boundaries that could be implied on us. With the passing of time our lives become inevitably chaotic, complex and stressful.”

Between Nowhere and Never by Reginald Van de Velde (3/4)

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