Reginald Van de Velde is a talented photographer and traveller who was born in 1975 in Ghent, Belgium. Known for capturing the world’s most abandoned places, Reginald had explored many theme parks in Europe before he made his way to Japan. His desire is to offer audiences a second of quiet in a fast-paced world, where buildings are constructed and deconstructed in a moment and individuals rarely have time to appreciate their surroundings. Van de Velde visited three major theme parks: Nara Dreamland, Western Village and Family Land.
Nara Dreamland was inspired by Disneyland in California, which was built in 1961 and closed and abandoned in August of 2006. Western Village was abandoned in 2007. And Family Land was torn down after nearly 20 years of abandonment.
Reginald Van de Velde uses Nikon D800 camera, his works have been exhibited internationally in both solo and group exhibitions, including The Art & Science Museum (Singapore), Backlight Photo Festival (Finland), New York Photo Festival (USA), The Somerset House (United Kingdom) and the Cannes Lions International Festival (France).