After a career of more than 30 years in the research of textures (25 years as textile stylist and 5 years as interior design architect), Didier Engels has shifted towards photography. As self-taught Belgian photographer, he started his photographic work DRY DOCK and KAAIEN in January 2015

Didier now dedicate his time to capture the colors and freeze the moment in this unique universe of docks. As many unique colors and raw materials that allow the photographer to release all the beauty and power of their symbolism. Inspired by this maritime universe, he creates a series of abstract photographs from which he draws beauty from boat hulls. Bright and past-colored photographs that reflect the experience of these ships that have been returned to port or stored in dry dock.

He finds in the containers the perfect witness of his obsession for colors, preferably patinated, and for the subjects laden with history. 


Sedimentary textures, faded colours, oxidized marks; it is in this territory that Didier Engels evolves. The photographs of Didier Engels are printed on photo paper and then poured into several resin baths to accentuate the colors and depth.