-In You've Got Mail Peter Schouten presents a fascinating collection of photographs of the strangest, and most quirky Belgian letterboxes to be found throughout the country. It offers a unique outsider's view on an unusual piece of Belgium's cultural heritage and fondness of bending the rules. As a Dutchman living in Belgium, Peter Schouten has an outsider's view on the country that he loves and is fascinated by. As a photographer, he finds Belgium a rewarding subject: its infrastructure, its cities, the diversity of its architecture... In Belgium, it sometimes seems as if everyone just does as he pleases, unbothered by rules or regulations. Peter wanted to find a way to capture the uniqueness of his surroundings, and found the answer one night while looking through his photographs of an original house from the sixties. It wasn't the house itself that grabbed his attention, but the strange letterbox in front of it: it had the shape of a big eagle sitting on a little concrete house, painted in bright colors. Ever since, Peter has been photographing the weirdest, most puzzling letterboxes all over Belgium. Over six years he has built a collection of over 300 photos of the most exceptional examples. Looking at those photos, you'll agree with the photographer that the Belgian letterboxes form a unique little piece of the country's cultural heritage.
About the Author
Peter Schouten was born in Breda and now lives in the Belgian town Hoogstraten; he moved there more than 33 years ago. He worked as a professional photographer for several years. Today, photography is his creative outlet, a passion that he pursues in his free time.