Photographer Filip Naudts often receives eccentric guests at his studio Guarda La Fotografia in Ghent, Belgium, but this time he caught a UFO with an alien pilot. In the living room, an exotic lady dressed in a burqa is waiting for us. Apparently, she is wearing nothing underneath, because her costume is transparent. The ambience is not loaded, neither is the realistic revolver on the table.
The lady in blue is Julie O’yang, the Dutch writer with Chinese roots who currently lives in Denmark. She was spotted in Lochristi at the end of last year, when she and Filip started talking about their collaboration. Back then, they announced that they would be making a photo novel together for international market and global audiences.
Only a few months later their project took a solid shape with a huge amount of content. Julie’s appearance at the interview is by no means an accident. This time we don’t get to see the author herself but her alien reincarnation, the main character from their photo novel The Picture of Dorya Glenn. Today Julie is the alien named Dorya Glenn, and Filip is…himself.
“The story is done, at least in English,” Julie says. She publishes in English these days. “I am currently doing a Dutch version of the story and we are still looking for a good German translator.”
The location shoot for the book is almost finished. Filip Naudts: “We used an authentic house in northern France for the large part of our shoot. We are most grateful to the owners who made their residence available for an exhausting week of intensive photo production. Exhausting, because the entire cast & crew consisted of the two of us.”
Julie and Filip are ambitious. They want to create an international sensation with their alien heroine Dorya Glenn as well as develop a TV format and expand their upcoming publication through art performances across the globe. Eurorocker Arno gave his permission to use one of his songs for the soundtrack of the book trailer. Sioen also wants to be part of their collaboration. To get the entire project funded, Julie and Filip have launched a Kickstarter campaign, which gives their fans a chance to pre-order the book with extra rewards. For example, a backer can have his name printed in the glory list or in the title page, or even the name of a person or a company can be written into their story! Check out the complete reward program on their crowdfunding page including Julie & Filip’s inspiring campaign film.
The Picture of Dorya Glenn is available September 2017 with Stichting Kunstboek, and later Print On Demand with Delere Press in Singapore. For more info or your sponsorship request, please contact the creators via the email address specially made for this project: firstname.lastname@example.org
*This article was originally published in Dutch on Nieuwsblad.be.
A dark romantic story about a writer and a photographer who collide in a battle of wills on an alien planet. Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s philosophical work.
Book launch September 2017