They're here but not for so long. They come and go by, just as time does. They leave their prints and disappear. Just a simple day life. People like you and me. Tough they magnify their environment. Unless it's the opposite… What are they up to?
Let's follow them one last time.

exhibited at Galerie LSB, Montreal, Canada, Augut 6 > September 30, 2015

exhibited at Musée Communal de Woluwé St Lambert, Brussels, Belgium, March 30 > June 25, 2006
exhibited at Maison Pelgrims, Brussels, Belgium, February 16 > March 8, 2006









The title of this project refers and pays tribute to Spike Lee’s commercials for Nike’s Air Jordan. Michael Jordan, absolute icon, plays his own role. It is also a tribute to the title Chief Rocka of the Lords of the Underground.
For this photographic project, I asked sneaker fans to pose with their favorite pair. The shooting was accompanied by a conversation to make them comfortable and to learn more about their love for these shoes.
At the end of the interview, I touched on the theme of fetishism. If the majority has never thought of it, they admit that their passion can sometimes seem out of the ordinary. And if we define fetishism as a cult of something, everyone recognizes it at least a little.
It’s this tiny border that I think exists between the collector and the fetishist that I decided to explore.
Each of us has a special relationship to sneakers, whether we are indifferent, fetishist, collector, sports(wo)man or fashion enthusiast.
An even more special practice in the midst of sneakerheads but not only, is the selfeet (self-portrait limited to the bottom of the pants and shoes). My job was to produce hybrids of selfeet. Looking closer, they are not self-portraits because we see the hands of the protagonists. I wanted this outside look to show everyone’s personality.
We can perceive several levels of reading: a collector will probably notice a model he does not have, a fetishist will be troubled by the model in question and some will see just a pair of sports shoes…

exhibited at La Médiatine, Brussels, Belgium, March 28 > June 2, 2015
exhibited at Galerie LSB, Montreal, Canada, Augut 6 > September 30, 2015

exhibited at Crédit municipal de la ville de Paris, Paris, France, October 29, 2015 > January 13, 2016




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Below, check out "KICKS" from Andrew Burnett
a documentary about "it's gotta be da shoes" project.





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The invention of smartphones has lead to a new form of communication that brings about an over-saturation of images that eventually lose meaning. This projects returns to a human level: raw portraits, shot on the spot without filters of people in their daily lives.
The encounter does not last more than two minutes: just a moment to get to know them and capture a piece of their existence. The spontaneity with which they pose without really presenting themselves with flattering self-consciousness is disconcerting.
Confronted with shyness, Pierre Marino-Smette must fight every encounter to get his way. At the sight of a coveted number, his heart beats faster…
We are not numbers but that does not prevent us from wearing them regularly. We proudly display them. Marketing gurus understand that.
Nonetheless, there is often neither message nor aesthetic concern. Models often admit not to be aware that they wear a number, let alone what that number is.
The numbers, however, may hold hidden significance. Besides the “obvious” 13 or 69, the 23, for example, is definitely related to Michael Jordan, while others may relate to a famous athlete or point to a specific tribe or network.
Childhood memories, Panini stickers, the joy of finding a missing card in the pocket, are analogue to his methodology.
Today, he has reached his goal, the only thing left is to prove it…
(text by Jean-Marc De Pelsemaeker)

No exhibitions yet. Work in progress
Pierre's personnal collection of numbers from 1 to 100.
Portraits of gentle anonymous people in the streets of Montreal and Brussels
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No exhibitions yet. Work in progress
Pierre's personnal collection of letters from A to Z.
Portraits of gentle anonymous people in the streets of Montreal and Brussels
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Dogs have styles. Their own and the ones their masters make them wear.
These long time companions make us laugh and, most important, they share our life for better and for worse. But they always remain loyal to us.
It’s a dog eat dog world out there, as people say.
So, please, do not abandon them!

No exhibitions yet. Work in progress
Pierre's personnal collection of man's best friends.


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Cats. Furry, daring, loving, proud, wild, sweet pet friends.
We love being ignored by them, and then attacked by surprise until they fall asleep on your legs, warming up your cold day and bringing some rest and stress relief procured by the sound and vibrations of their purrrrrfect engine.

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Pierre's personnal collection of his best pussy friends.



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The flat country and its mine hills.
The low sky and its milky way colors.
The grey sea and its wet sand.
But also the human warmth, the smiles, the chocolates, the beers and the parties.
Belgium is way richer, more complex and offbeat than the image that most one-day visitors think of it. Belgian stories are not always the ones we think about.

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Pierre's personnal collection of Belgium's bests



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Since the 80's, art is more and more present in the streets, in all its forms: graffiti, yarn bombing, collages, sculptures, etc.
This heritage is even richer when it interacts with his environment. Therefore, for a instant, under the eye of the camera, a new meaningis emerging, that can be humorous, philosophical or more.

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Pierre's personnal collection of street art.


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