Piet-Albert Goethals shares his perspective on his surroundings through the lens of a camera. His photographs skilfully bring life to interiors, architecture, objects and atmospheres for editorial and commercial clients, books and personal projects.
Goethals’ measured technique rebels against a commercial age of image-making. He puts great consideration into respectfully portraying his subjects, carefully finding the right perspective, or waiting for the best light. Once captured, equal care is given to finalising the image in post-production. The process results in Goethals' signature imagery – mindfully composed, calm and commanding with a hint of spontaneity.
In his own words: ‘I use frames to tell a story – each photograph conveys its own message, but it is when you put them together that you see the full narrative.’ This approach to photography has lead him to work with clients who appreciate the added value it presents.
Early in his career, Goethals looked beyond the borders of his native Belgium for influences. He set out on solo trips to photograph concerts or capture the vast and varied landscapes of the Nordics and Alaska. Travel and music photography has laid the foundation for his pared-down, less-is-more style, and has taught him invaluable lessons in lighting and perspective.
Goethals lives and works in Belgium, where he has a photography studio, and lives with his wife Jessy Van Durme, a designer and writer, and son Ivar. End 2017, Jessy & Piet-Albert founded Akt Magazine.
Words by Micha Van Dinther
Published work in: T Magazine (NYT)| Ark Journal |Elle Decoration UK | Elle Decoration NL | Elle Decoration Country | Rum International | Milk Decoration | Condé Nast Traveller | Rum Denmark | Residence Sweden | Bo Bedre Norway | Atrium Switzerland | IW Taiwan | Real Living Australia | Arquitectura Y Diseño | Beta-Plus | Sabato | De Morgen Magazine | Weekend Knack | ...
Featured work on: Wallpaper* | Dezeen | Ignant | FRAME | Divisare | AD | Archdaily | Ideat | ...
Book publication with Jessy Van Durme: 'Scandinavian Designers at Work' published in 2014 by Luster
Akt Magazine Issue One published in October 2018 (ISBN 9789082933505)
Akt Magazine Issue Two published in June 2019 (ISBN 9789082933512)