Bram Penninckx

Documentary photographer
    
All is not quiet on the homefront
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Nationality: Belgian
Biography: My name is Bram Penninckx and I’m a photographer based in Brussels. Ever since I was a teenager, I was fascinated by photography.  Via successively the local art school, a specialized secondary school for audio-visual arts and the... read on
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All is not quiet on the homefront
Credits: bram penninckx
Date of Work: 03/15/20 - Ongoing
Updated: 07/28/20
Location: Brussels
(Updated Tuesday July 28 2020)

An enemy, invisible to the naked eye, has hit the whole world hard. Due to exceptional circumstances millions stay at home. For a lot of parents, the combination of homeschooling and teleworking is a heavy burden. We all love our kids, but we’re also obliged to work from home, a next to impossible balancing act.

My part-time job as an ICT-project manager became a fulltime job, my personal and commercial photo-projects drifted into the background. The problem is I can’t live without photography, I found out the hard way that this is inextricably linked to my wellbeing.

Overcrowded hospitals with patients fighting for their life on the floor in a bleak hallway. Nearly deserted streets disturbed by an occasional passerby with a surgical mask on his way to a food-store. We all saw those photo’s flooding the (social) media. These images need to be shown to raise awareness, but I rarely saw photos of people quarantined in their homes. What’s going on behind those four walls?

This is the first time I am making such a personal visual story, but this side also needs to be shown. I’m fully aware we’re part of the lucky few. We have a fast internet connection, the kids have a computer and tablet to do schoolwork, play games and make video-calls to their grandparents and friends. We live in a large house in Brussels (Belgium) with a large garden, surrounded by trees. But we still face a daily struggle to be a good parent and employee, even with the resources we have at our disposal. Millions of families around the world are not that lucky, I can only imagine what they are going through.

This project is still ongoing and will be finished when the government-imposed corona-lockdown will be lifted.


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