Faustinus Deraet is a Belgian-Mexican photographer who currently lives in Austin, Texas. He originally studied a degree in Systems at the Universidad Iberoamericana and then got a job at IBM. Later he resigned to devote himself to photography. For several years he photographed celebrities. One day Ania came into his life.
Ania is Faustinus’ daughter. When she was born, he decided he would do a photographic series about the baby. “I remember putting her seat on the floor and when I came back for her, I seemed to be picking up an abandoned child. I walked down the street like a stranger and made a picture”. Thus Abandoning Ania began. Then Ania grew and Faustinus stopped abandoning her and began to observe her.
We believe that every parent looks at their children the way Faustinus does and the beauty of these images is that an outside observer can see the relationship: for Faustinus, Ania must be the prettiest girl in the world.
Faustinus is essentially vague. In 2008 he published Mientras vagaba por el DF, a book containing images of five years of walking through Mexico City, and China Paused, both by Tumbona Ediciones. His work has been exhibited in Hungary, Mexico and many cities in the United States. He has traveled the world with a plastic Holga camera whose images are, for him, “a kind of surprise.”
Ania has also traveled the world, always followed by her father’s gaze.
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