On the fine line between the news report and the personal work, the photographs of Thomas Manneke sketches the portrait of a city and its inhabitants. Taking the pulse of cities such as Odessa or Vilnius, Thomas Manneke meets their inhabitants and produces their portaits in the places where they live. Surveying art schools or nightclubs, he captures their looks, postures and longings. Churches, harbours, graveyards but also trees and lit windows play their part in the drama that is going on day and night.
Exempt from any subterfuge, his pictures reflect the benevolence of an attention geared towards the beings. Behind each character, the words that allowed the meeting are guessed. The gentle looks being the proof of a granted trust. Peaceful, the actors can give their presence in the world.