Ruben Van Vreckem – Alive in Nature

Passionate about travel and capturing earth’s glory, Ruben is a 19 year old student from Brussels with some serious wanderlust and talent. Check out his story below.


Say hello to Ruben:

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Hi Ruben! Tell us about yourself.

I’m Ruben Van Vreckem, a 19 year old photography student based in Brussels. I prefer shooting landscapes and I like to use wide-angle lenses. I like to travel, and last year, I traveled to the Vosges and Bretagne.


What’s your favorite place in the world?

My favorite place I’ve been to is definitely Pointe du Pen-hir. It’s located in Bretagne, France and there are some amazing rocky landscapes! The picture I included above is one that I took there. A favorite place I have yet to visit is Trolltunga. It’s an awesome place to go hiking in Norway. I’ll visit that place one day!


There are a few locations on my bucket-list:

Yosemite Park, Trolltunga – Norway, Nepal, The Dolomites, and Iceland.


How would you describe your visual style?

I’d describe my visual style as a dreamy, zen/chill style with a little touch of motion.


How do you find your inspiration?

Looking for inspiration is something that I do a lot. I always scroll through social media (Instagram, Pinterest), and when I see something cool, I just screenshot it and print it later. All those little prints will be added in a small book that I call a “dummy.” This dummy is my final book of inspiration which contains every picture that I like. This dummy contains all my ideas and the dummy is always in my backpack!


What are your plans after finishing school?

I’m currently attending Narafi in Brussels, where I’m studying photography. But after finishing this education, I will have an extended journey around the Nordic countries! However, if I had the opportunity to travel around the world and make photos all day for a brand, project, or whatever it may be, I’d definitely be down for that, immediately!


What types of photography do you do?

I love to shoot some daylight portraits and lifestyle photography, but my favorite is landscape photography. Landscape photography is something really awesome! Hiking through the mountains and sleeping on top of them, creating shots from day to night, sunrise to sunset – doing this makes me feel alive. You’ll get to know yourself better, day after day, and when you’re on top of a mountain, surrounded by the beauty of nature, you’ll realise how amazing this world is. And that’s why I’m a photographer.


Of the photos you’ve taken – what are your three favorites?

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The first one is a photo that I took in Brussels. We were on top of the Upsite-Tower, when a good friend of mine (Jasper Lefevre) had the great idea to climb up on the edge of the building to get the perfect angle for this shot. It was kind of dangerous because the tower is 140 meters high! I took a picture of him while doing this, which ended up pretty cool!

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The second one is a photo that I took in Bretagne, France. It’s a long exposure with a shutter speed of 30 seconds. I really like the blue colors in this frame! I used a long exposure to add some motion to this frame.

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The third one is a photo that I made last week! It’s a simple composition made out of some fog, a tree, and some birds flying over. I really like the calm atmosphere in this picture! I got up really early for this shot, but it was totally worth it!

Who do you want to give a shoutout to?

I’d like to give a shoutout to Thomas Heaton. He is a photographer that I found while watching videos on YouTube. He shows how he captures his landscapes, and that is a huge source of inspiration for me.


What are 3 tips you have for aspiring photographers?

  1. Buy a steady tripod! A steady tripod is not that cheap, but it’s really worth it to spend your money on! I personally have a Manfrotto 190 go Alu with ballhead.
  2. Be sure you always have your camera by your side! We’ve all been in a situation that you spot a nice scene or moment, only to realise that you don’t have a camera with you.
  3. Everything is a possible subject to shoot.

What kind of gear do you have?

What’s in my camerabag:

  • Nikon D750 (Body)
  • Nikon 14-24mm 2.8 (Lens)
  • Nikon 35mm 1.8 (Lens)
  • Nikon 50mm 1.4 (Lens)
  • Manfrotto 190 go aluminium with ballhead
  • LEE Filter system: MK 150 Filter system
  • LEE Filter Big stopper ND Filte

This is my landscape setup, but it still needs a few upgrades like a Polarizer filter and a 105mm lens! I really like this setup because it has everything I need to make a really good landscape photo!


Do you have any projects you’d like to show off?

I’m working on a video-project around the city of Brussels! This video-project will be released as a timelapse-movie that shows the city like you’ve never seen it before! The video will be released in August 2017. You can follow our project on Facebook and Instagram!


What has photography done for you as a person?  How has it changed you?

Photography makes me feel alive. It changed the way I look at the world.


Who’s your biggest hero in your life?

My biggest hero is Elia Locardi. He’s a professional travel and landscape photographer who sold everything to live location-independent, to travel and capture the world!


What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

The craziest thing I’ve ever done is climb up a huge rock at Pointe du Pen-Hir that was surrounded by nothing but rocks and water. If I had fallen off that rock, I’d be 60m down, probably not doing this interview. (First photo of interview)


For anyone who wants to get in touch with Ruben, here’s some contact information:

FStop: Profile

Facebook: Profile

Instagram: @rubenvanvreckem


Ruben, thank you for sharing your story with us!

If any artists out there want to collaborate with FStop, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

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