The collective Jean-Jacques grew as a remembrance to past days when both brothers were leaders in the Chiro (a Flemish movement that aims to support young people in their physical, mental and spiritual development through play and being outdoors). Even though Jannes and Simen were schooled in different fields, a passion for eco-politics advocated through storytelling and photography, connected them. They believe that to induce long-term change within any given society, which is stabilized by a committed government, is to persuade that same government to change their policies. Top-down and bottom-up models in a necessary equilibrium. Where both the people and whoever represents them find each other in a poised climate. They advocate dignity through design and beauty, and capture time unfiltered and honest.
Everything and everyone is ambiguous, so we try to embrace it.

Jannes Lambrecht (1994) graduated in 2016 from the KU Leuven as an Industrial Engineer. Being fascinated with design he decided to pursue an additional bachelor in Graphic Design at Luca Arts in Ghent. He hopes to combine both studies in the future and thus creating a better tomorrow through design. Jannes explores the world and its issues through making visuals and writing poetry. In his spare time he engages in local development projects and already completed one project in Guaranda, Ecuador in collaboration with the municipality of Evergem.

Simen Lambrecht (1993) graduated in 2017 as Master in Architecture from the KU Leuven. His master years were divided between studying in Belgium, Norway, and China. In between, he completed development projects with local communities in Guaranda, Ecuador and Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. From a young age he loved to explore unknown territory in the comfort of his parents’ boundaries and was always looking for the next adventure to see what he hadn’t seen before. This ideal finally led Simen to architecture. The rich history, the need to travel to understand space while allowing him to profoundly change small pieces of the world through knowledge-sharing, compiled his passion during his master years in university. People are –or should be- the centre of architecture, how people move in relation to space became key to his understanding of architecture. Both architecture and photography have the capacity to capture time. This correlation drove him to explore photography through his studies and during his spare time, to capture moments of spontaneity and genuine emotion.

This is a picture of us.