Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you start your path into photography?
I’ve always been into the arts. In high school I couldn’t make up my mind which direction to choose so I took textile design and then later went on to do creative arts. Being fascinated by the process of analog photography, I decided to change my studies and went on to two years of photography. I loved working in the darkroom immediately which led me onto photographing for Vice magazine and making a lot of portraits.
The Inside Green collection is made up of photographs focusing on indoor plants & their interaction with the architecture within entrance halls and stairwells Where do you find the inspiration for this series?
When I lived in Brussels I was stunned by some of the entrances I saw in buildings. Seeing them disappear over time was a sign for me to make sure they were captured before they were gone forever. Now I live in Antwerp and the same is happening there.
For your Icelandic series what did you find interesting about your travels around the country?
Iceland was my first ‘big’ trip travelling abroad. Besides France, I hadn't seen much of the world. The landscapes where breathtaking! After being there for 3 weeks, they became more normal to me. I captured them because I knew that they will bring me back there when I’m home and that it won’t be the norm any longer.
Can you remember some of your earliest influences?
I LOVE old magazines, as a kid I used to look at my grandma’s old magazines. The colours, brightness, design... all so great and inspiring. I still have some, and I look at them often.
Are there any photographers or artists working today that you admire?
Juergen Teller, what else! Before a shoot, I always go through his books.
Describe your style in 3 words?
Pure, analog, bright.
You're based in Antwerp. Where is your favourite place to have brunch?:
Where is your favourite place to have dinner?:
The best place I ever had dinner was at Ossip Antwerp. The owner and chef Magalie Verbaet opened TAPTA recently near the art gallery of her father after she closed Ossip. Pure ingredients and so full of flavour.
A place I really like as well is CIRO’S. The interior is authentic, like walking into a movie from the late 50s.
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What do you think is the most exciting thing happening right now in Belgium within the fashion & design world?
I write for Les Petits Belges, an online magazine for fashion, art & lifestyle. I don’t usually write for the fashion department, but what I notice is this world is moving fast!!
I’m a big fan of Dries Van Noten. His style, vision and eye for beauty is amazing. There’s a documentary of him called ‘DRIES’ by Reiner Holzemer. A must see!
My boyfriend (and partner in crime and life) is a vintage dealer. I learnt a lot by going on the road with him and discovering styles and design periods through his books. It’s also an interesting world to capture through photography.
I also get in contact with contemporary furniture designers, working often with Marina Bautier who’s located in Brussels. She has a great vision as well.
Do you have any superstitions or self enforced rules that you live by?
Not really, I try to enjoy life as much as I can, even if sometimes it’s hard work as well
What's the most played band/song on your playlist?
I love and need silence! But in the car we often play 80s music and funk! I discovered the Talking Heads some years ago and this always makes me happy!
What’s next for Stephanie De Smet?
Im working on a gallery/platform where I combine PR with copywriting and photography. Combining all interests together in one place.