With her series Personal Collection, Belgian photographer Dinaya Waeyaert explores the concept of time and memory between friends and relationships that changes through the years.
Photography: Dinaya Waeyaert

Waeyaert: “Ever since I started photographing I focused on the people who surround me the most. I have been using these images as the starting point of my work.

As a photographer I let the viewer into my intimate world without being part of it myself. You can see my presence in the role of voyeur, making images that represent moments of connection with my subject. Intimacy between lovers and friends are often shared in private, away from the gaze of outsiders, while I love to put this all out on display. The tender and affectionate is showed in a raw and explosive way.

I always photograph on 35mm colorfilm with two different camera’s. The snapshot esthetics stands in contrast with the slow ambiance of analogue photography. I will always choose to photograph analogue, because the concept of memory translates himself better on film. The viewer will experience a timeless feeling and hopefully relate themselves to the images.

During past years I made a lot of daily life images that have been put into a personal archive. This collection, about altering relationships between a group of people, is continuously growing and strengthens itself by a high quantity of pictures. The overload or big amount of images is the base of my work. I question the fact of ‘the better image’ by showing the ones that stand out in big, filling other space with the amount of pictures.”