Katherine Longly

Visual artist - Photographer

Art workshops - Cultural mediation & participative projects - Trainings


Hernie & Plume

2013 - 2020

PHOTOBOOK - release : mid-September 2020
Published by The Eriskay Connection


* Nominated for the 2022 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (DE/GB)
* Shortlisted for The author book award at Arles’ Les Rencontres de la photographie (FR)
* Winner of Belfast photo fesitval photo book open submission (IE)
* Awarded in the student selection of Best Dutch book designs (NL)
* Huy Soroptimist Club prize (BE)
* Image grant from SOFAM (B)

* Listed as best 2020/21 photobook by :
- The photobook journal (US)
- Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche (ES)
- Rémi Coignet (FR)
- Christer Ek (FR)
- Ola Sondena (NO)
- Brad Feuerhelm (US/SK)

* Jin Young Kim, Economy Chosun, KR
* Douglas Stockdale, The Photobook Journal
* Brad Feuerhelm, American Suburb X
* Clémentine Mercier, Libération , FR
* Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche, Photobookstore, ES/UK
* Dorrell Merritt, Photomonitor , UK
* Fabien Ribery, L'intervalle , FR
* Photo Magazine , FR
* Remi Coignet, FR
* Carine Dolek, Réponses photo , FR
* Michel Verlinden, Le Vif L'Express , BE
* Stève Polus, Wolvendael , BE
* Jean-Marc Bodson, La Libre Belgique , BE
* Kurt Snoekx, BRUZZ , BE
* Justine Montagner, Browniephoto, BE
* Elodie Weymeels, La dernière heure , BE
* Elodie Weymeels, LaLibre.be , BEK
* Colin Delfosse, Médor , BE
* Anne-Frédérique Fer, France Fine Art , FR

I met Blieke, Nicole and their little dog 'Plume' (feather) on a December evening, while I was taking pictures of Christmas decorations in a trailer camp in the outskirts of Brussels. A man came out of his cabin, and asked what I was doing there. I apologized, and he said : "Come inside and have a beer with us instead." We became friends, it was in 2013. They invited me to various wacky parties and told me about their amazing life story.

A photo book about social mobility, stereotypes, aging and, most of all, an outstanding love story.

I immediately fell in love with Blieke and Nicole's small wooden cabin. Its decoration is warm, eclectic, cheerful and also a bit messy. The objects laid out here and there are as many relics of moments of conviviality, friendship or love collected over the years. In the centre stands this huge table, always set with a colorful oilcloth which changes according to the seasons and keeps traces of time and feasts. Friends are never far away. Blieke and Nicole are, as we say in Brussels, two 'zwanzeurs' ; they love to laugh, make jokes and party. As when they invited me to the genuine wedding of two small dogs, or when they organized me a birthday party worth the Olympic games.

Blieke often told me, when I went to see them, that I had again missed an exceptional evening. So I gave them disposable black and white cameras to record themselves all those moments that I could not capture.

As we talked, Blieke and Nicole told me about how they met, about their wounds, their moments of pride, the accidents of life they experienced. Their health became fragile, friends stopped gathering in their cabin. But the love between them continued to grow and flourish.

Their story plays with stereotypes that we all tend to have, no matter how much we try to avoid them, and also confronts us with our possible short-sightedness. While reading, various criminal facts are evoked. What is the couple's involvement in these events ? Are Blieke and Nicole Brussels versions of Bonnie and Clyde ? From the personal archives that the couple entrusted to me, the reader will question his own prejudices and discover the true story of Blieke and Nicole, which they share with disconcerting sincerity and generosity.


The book is made of :

- color pictures I made throughout the years
- black and white pictures made by Blieke, Nicole and their close friends
- images from their archives
- press clips collected by Blieke
- letters and text messages

- Format : 220 x 320 mm
- Number of pages : 88 pages with table cloth self cover
- Papers : EOS uncoated / Majestic Silver / Forever recycled dark brown
- Binding : Singer stitched with black yarn
- Print run : 750 copies
- Locally printed and bound

With this book Longly plays with the prejudices that we all tend to have, no matter how much we try to avoid them. The photographer builds her story calmly but purposefully and then reveals the true history of the protagonist. As a reader we are being misled and thus confronted with our own short-sightedness. Longly does this with extremely sincere and entertaining images of this partying couple, which yields a pleasant book and a wise lesson.
Rob Van Hoesel, The Eriskay Connection