Photography guides me into the routes where I can stay amazed
Bieke Depoorter first met Agata in Paris, while working on assignment for the Paris Magnum Live Lab. “I was wandering around at night to find someone: people I feel attracted and inspired by, people that could help me to tell my story — a story that would be partially theirs as well. This is how I found Agata.” The pair met when Depoorter went for a drink at a striptease bar, where Agata was working. Their connection was immediate, intimate and mutual, and what transpired was an ongoing photo story that walks a thin line between documentary and fiction, with both the photographer and subject becoming contributors in the narrative. They continue collaborating and creating a space to explore the existential questions of life and the discovery of the complex layers of self. Depoorter and Agata have found that the key to unlocking the paradox of self is to slowly peel away the layers of ego, belief, and conditioning. In Depoorter’s hands, the photograph becomes the stage where truth and illusion weave a captivating spell.