tracking the ring


An invisible wall winds its way round Ghent. A wall of asphalt and fine dust that separates and links neighbourhoods. City ramparts have been replaced by a ring road that is used by thousands of vehicles every day. The occupants of those vehicles have their eyes on the traffic and fail to notice that there is also life alongside the ring road. Photographer Tom Verbruggen presses the pause button. He freezes the chaos and reveals the beauty of life along the R40. His series of images is supplemented by reporter Tim F. Van der Mensbrugghe’s observations. The result is a new walk along a time-honoured route.