My name is Hans Bracke. I love to make non-fictional stories. Stories of people and their vulnerabilities.
In most of my projects different cultures are coming together. The Netherlands as a multicultural country is therefore a rich source of inspiration. I observe and investigate the situations or social behaviours that are uncommon, but relevant in public sphere. Creating a social dialogue on the most relevant up-to-date issues is the driving force for me as a maker.
I want to be able to give an insight on how people deal with specific problems. Especially where cultures are overlapping.
Most of my work consists of portraits. This does not mean that there are only people standing in front of my camera. Anything else, that can help a viewer to learn more about the subject is equally relevant to me. For instance a bedroom, a wardrobe or even the content of a suitcase. Everything I document, I do with in the highest integrity with the subjects.
As a photographer, I have a social responsibility. With my integrity I come close to people. I can capture different cultures and show them from a different perspective. In this way I dispel prejudice and diminish distances.
Photo by: Willemieke Kars