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Ghent Street Scenes

I’d rather be taking photos of people going about their business, laughing, loving and living, than taking landscape photos. I’m much better at it.

I enjoyed snapping these pics of people on the streets of Ghent one icy winter evening in January. In spite of the cold, there was so much movement, which I tried to capture, fleeting moments of people just being themselves.

Winter street scene, people rushing home
©2018 Regina Martins
Photographing the photographers, even if they were taking a selfie
©2018 Regina Martins
Bicycles, waiting for their owners to take them home…
©2018 Regina Martins


An Ever-Changing Sketchbook

Just before catching the tram to the station I managed a quick stroll along Werregarenstraatje. It helped it was right across from my hotel. It was devised as a temporary project during the 1995 Ghent Festivities and this alley still serves as an ever-changing sketchbook, a demo of current street art and especially as a blank canvas for Ghent’s many graffiti artists. The tags and pieces change daily and sometimes the entire alley is painted over so that a new blank canvas is created all over again. In this rule-free zone the spray can rules, the artists respecting works that are better than theirs (Ghent City Guide).


Silent Reflections

It was a cool 2 degrees (centigrade) the last evening I spent in Ghent in January. I took a night walk, taking in the lit up buildings reflected in the still waters of the canals. There was a stillness about the ancient city enveloped by the silence of the night.

Silent reflections, Ghent, Belgium
©2018 Regina Martins