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Titus Simoens / 11:00 am
Titus Simoens / 11:00 am
Titus Simoens / 11:00 am
Titus Simoens / 11:00 am
Titus Simoens / 11:00 am

Titus Simoens

11:00 am

24 × 32 cm, 36 p, ills b&w, paperback
ISBN 9789490800970
design: Lisa Debrouwere
language: English
edition of 300
October 2018

11:00 am describes and shows the weekly appointments between Alfons and photographer Titus Simoens. Alfons is an 81-year-old man who lives in Ghent, close to the house of Simoens. From October 2017 till May 2018 Simoens visited Alfons every week at 11:00 am. They talked and told stories. Simoens wrote down Alfons’s stories and photographed him during his visits. Alfons decided to cook for Simoens every time he payed him a visit. It became their weekly ritual.

Next to writing down Alfons’s stories and collecting photographs, Simoens also questioned his position as a photographer and documenter. How the development proceeds of a project like this. How a story develops. How the photographer deals with the notion of ‘a story’ and how he portrays characters in that same story. What is objective and what is subjective? Under which condition is a story fiction and when a documentary approach is considered ?

11:00 am is a multi-layered project, that provokes the reader and viewer to question the meaning of a story. It discusses the position of a photographer when creating new work. It considers ones perception of another ones life, the continuous projection that people pursue when meeting someone new.

Titus Simoens (°1985) lives and works in Ghent. He studied at the Karel de Grote College in Antwerp and at the KASK in Ghent. Simoens interrogates the relationship between photographer and model, and investigates the way in which a photographer tells a story with images.