For Geert De Taeye, photography, like most things in life, revolves around mood, emotion and special moments. In everything he does, the creative and versatile photographer tries to arrive at precisely such a special moment – in sagacious, subtle ways. De Taeye photographs and rearranges what he sees. With persuasion, irony and empathy, he reinvents what is in front of his lens. None of it is a lie, though that doesn’t necessarily make it true.


For his series The Nearest Truth, Geert De Taeye went in search of inspiring locations via Google Street View. Locations with a story, a history. Uninhibited, he visited them and talked to the owners – curious to find out about that one event that will always bring them back to that place. The photographer let his imagination run wild to ultimately create a scene that is based on that real story on the one hand, but at the same time distorts what happened in such a way that the photograph is completely open to interpretation.

Geert De Taeye