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Photo taken by contributor Riccardo Bevilacqua, a 39-year-old nuclear physicist currently living between Sweden and Belgium. Riccardo loves to travel, and take photos of local people wherever he goes. He worked for many years in his local community with people affected by physical and mental impairments, and he understands and is sensitive to the challenges that the families have to face, often alone. The apartment where he is living now is actually part of an old psychiatric hospital. The municipality decided to refurbish a wing of the building as a residential area, whereas the rest of the former hospital is now adapted as a museum. Geel, the town in which he lives in Belgium, is known for the practice of deinstitutionalization in psychiatric care, and this dates back since the 13th century! Still now-a-days 500 families in Geel alone, host a psychiatric patient in their house, where they live as members of the family itself.

About this photo: “This is a landscape over Flanders, in Spring. But did you see the ballerina? Sometimes to see what is not there is an hallucination. Other times it is an innocent game of our imagination. Who does decide where is the limit between these to worlds?

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9 comments on “Ballerina-scape

  1. Moodphototeija
    July 10, 2014

    I love this photograph, and your text, and question! who does really decide where is the limit between these two worlds…

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Manal
    July 10, 2014

    beautiful photograph, has a very ethereal feel to it.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Leah Givens
    July 10, 2014

    This is great…makes me rethink my own photography and my own view as well. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. literatinana
    July 11, 2014

    It speaks a lot. Thumbs up!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Rhys Jones
    July 11, 2014

    An interesting image that breaks the “rules” of photography by placing the points of interest at the edges.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Pimentel Neto
    July 11, 2014

    Reblogged this on Cultura é a Mãe! and commented:

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Eugenia Munguía-George
    July 12, 2014

    Interesting concept.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. larilady
    July 16, 2014


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  9. Lizzie
    July 24, 2014

    Lovely thought and photo…


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