STAN magazine: behind the pictures | Orin
2021. STAN creates a magazine, for the first time ever. You know, one of those booklets with text and illustrations and – you’ve guessed it – photographs. We asked five student-photographers to provide visuals for our magazine, each with their unique style and vision. The incredible result of this collaboration can now be seen in the official STAN magazine, but how did those pictures come into existence? STAN found out for you. In this article, you read the story of Orin, a social-cultural work student and editor for STAN.
After studying photography at Sint-Lucas for 3 years, I had a total photography burn-out. The constant stress, competition and goal-oriented working really took their toll. They’re associations I unwillingly started making with my passion for photography. For months on end, I only reached for my camera when I didn’t have a choice; freelance assignment left, family party right, …
Working on the STAN magazine revived my love for photography. Especially the personal contact with the students I portrayed was invaluable to me. Getting to know them better and listening to their stories was an inspiring experience.
Working on the STAN magazine revived my love for photography. Especially the personal contact with the students I portrayed was invaluable to me.
Small town girl in a super diverse environment
I grew up between the cornfields in a country town near Sint-Niklaas. As a child, I didn’t get in touch with many cultures and I considered most aspects of my middle-class life evident. I naively thought that everyone lived the way I did until I enrolled at a high school in Antwerp at fourteen years old. There, I was confronted with so many different lifestyles and cultures, and nowadays that’s still an important motivator to photograph. The diversity in the city and the uniqueness of the different districts are an infinite source of inspiration.
The diversity in the city and the uniqueness of the different districts are an infinite source of inspiration.
Future plans in town
Capturing the atmosphere and uniqueness of every Antwerp district and its inhabitants is something I’d love to turn into a project in the future. All those different neighbourhoods are so special in their own way, and as a social work student I’ve often noticed that throughout the years some of the districts have gotten a bad name. To show the people of Antwerp these places in a positive daylight would be a very valuable future project, I think.