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Mystery on the March. On Dirk Braeckman's Photos
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Mystery on the March. On Dirk Braeckman's Photos

(Hans Aarsman) The Low Countries - 2006, № 14, pp. 172-176

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There's a vagrant living in Dirk Braeckman's photos. No-one has ever seen him, but he does live there. He is the one operating the camera. He often hangs around in buildings where the gas and electricity have been cut off. Where it is pitch-dark and freezing cold. It may even be haunted. Our vagrant doesn‘t mind, as then at least he has something to kill time with. He sits in a corner, ears pricked for any suspicious sound, camera at the ready. As soon as he thinks he hears something he swings the camera towards it and presses the button. Then, in the light from his flash he descries the outlines of a sofa, a chair, a radiator, but never a ghost. That does not mean there are no ghosts. That is not a valid conclusion. They may just be keeping out of the picture.

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