The Way We Were

 

With the “The way we were” project Gerda Van Damme returns to the past, where the eye of the camera has preserved the instant moment. “The way we were” is a huge archiving project about lost times, to be seen in conjunction with "The Way We Were - The Miniature Series". In her archives she is always looking for the stories, the “drama” and the human relationships and that are hidden. Keeping the secrets intact, her paintings suggest and leave open the unknown. They invite for a new reading of what the photographer has captured, intentionally or by accident. This new reading is made concrete by the re-framing of the images and the "hors champs" which is generated through it.

Some examples

The archive is regularly expanded with new paintings. Below you find some examples.

The Way We Were, Denderwindeke, 1940

Oil on canvas, 60 x 40 cm, 2021

The Way We Were, Tourinnes-la-Grosse, 2007

Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 40 cm, 2018

The Way We Were, Sint-Joris-Weert, 1989

Oil on canvas, 100 x 80 cm, 2019

The Way We Were, Dendermonde, 1973 (2) 

Oil on canvas, 90 x 60 cm, 2020

The Way We Were, Dendermonde, 1973 (1) 

Oil on canvas, 90 x 60 cm, 2020