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    Burt Danckaert: Simple Present #580 (Hong Kong), 2011

Blink and look again at the painting-like photographs of Bert Danckaert

Posted by Liv Siddall,

Ever had that feeling when you deliberately go out with a camera and you’re on a desperate hunt for a photo? Sometimes they don’t happen, more often than not it happens the minute you leave your camera at home. For Bert Danckaert these moments occur pretty regularly in almost every major city in the world. With eyes like a hawk and the photography skills of a…very good photographer, Bert’s images of human-less street scenes are second to none. If only we had the ability to see a dirty old side street and transform it into something that, if you squint your eyes, kind of resembles a Matisse or a Rothko.

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    Burt Danckaert: Simple Present #631 (Istanbul), 2011

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    Burt Danckaert: Simple Present #161 (Cape Town), 2008

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    Burt Danckaert: Simple Present #87 (Beijing), 2007

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    Burt Danckaert: Simple Present #402 (Havana), 2010

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    Burt Danckaert: Simple Present #404 (Havana), 2010

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    Burt Danckaert: Simple Present #140 (Paris), 2008

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    Burt Danckaert: Simple Present #80 (Beijing), 2007

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    Burt Danckaert: Simple Present #202 (Cape Town), 2008

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    Burt Danckaert: Simple Present #199 (Cape Town), 2008

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Posted by Liv Siddall

Liv joined It’s Nice That as an intern in 2011 and is now one of our editors. She oversees itsnicethat.com and has a particular interest in illustration, photography and music videos. She also runs our London listings site This At There, and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.