We are very excited about our latest guest blogger, who we met years ago when she asked if she could shoot street style photographs for us. She eventually was short in time, but her own portrait was featured repeatedly on the blog. Karlijne is an amazing analogue photographer who is well-known at every party in Antwerp. Her travel pictures make us want to immediately grab our bags and go!
I’m Karlijne, and only since recently I also go by the name of Charlie. (Note: I like to travel, a lot. Since people that speak Dutch are the only ones that have any idea how to pronounce my name, everyone else seems to think Charlie is a better option. But hey, I’m not complaining.) I’m halfway through my twenties and I’ve been living in Antwerp for about five years now.
This month I get the chance to share my whereabouts, projects, randomness about my friends & faves with you guys. Let me be honest with you here. I’m not a big time blogger, nor a well-known photographer or very talented writer. I am however somewhat into all of the above. Don’t take it all too serious though, I’m just really good at thinking out loud.
This year I went through a bit of a quarter-life crisis. Which basically calls for a ‘Quit your job and buy a plane ticket’ – scenario. Which I did. I packed my bags to go and visit a friend in La Gomera.
It sounds almost too cliché to mention, but this trip really turned things around for me. Not only did I rediscover my passion for analogue photography, I also realized just how bad I wanted to travel for a few months. I got home from La Gomera in tears, with some amazing photos and full of wanderlust.
Since I got back I’ve been in and out of the country. I travelled to places close to home and far away, I’ve travelled alone and with company. From Holland to Indonesia, from Paris to Barcelona… I’ve met a lot of inspiring people, took hikes, fell off a mountain, and learned to really appreciate things most of us take for granted.
I’m done travelling for this year. After a while you come to miss the luxury of your own bed. For now I’m studying an extra year to become a teacher, so lock up your kids and be afraid.
If you happen to get curious about where I shop, sip coffee or go out, try to read between the lines… Though it probably wont be very shocking and maybe even old news to anyone that’s familiar with Antwerp.
Also, if you’d like to check out my places and faces, be sure to scroll away on my tumblr and instagram!