By the way, after presenting the book in Bruges in March, I continued photographing Italians, but focussing on Brussels (although I went to Leuven and Bruges once). I met a very different range of Italians there, and actually I am noticing that this project ("Italians in all Belgium" after the previous "Italians in Flanders") is a kind of pretext to make portraits, reportages, news-like photo's, and so on... and not just Italians after all. The Italians in Brussels I met are deeply integrated into the Brussels society and I am not afraid to say that they are a vital and essential part of it even! Yes, Brussels would be not the same city without its thousands languages and nationalities, its integration problems and multiculturalism, two sides of the same phenomenon. And Italians are an important part of such multiculturalism. I like Brussels, maybe not as beautiful as smaller Flemish cities like Bruges or Ghent, but I found it has own specific charme..the charme of a metropolis.
About "Italians in Belgium", I met writers, actors, musicians, teachers; I went even to Saint Nicolas, a village near to Liege during the famous cycling race "Liege-Bastonne-Liege", where hundreds of Italians meet to enjoy the race, the "arrosticini" (skewers made of sheep meat) and liters of beer..
Soon I will post some pictures on this website, together with other pictures related to the Brugge Culinair and other portraits.
My spring is still not finished!