I love settling into new places and breaking all my habits

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Name: Nele Bogaerts

Age: 23 years old

Zodiac Sign: Capriocorn

Instagram: @neleboga

Location: Brussels

Pronouns: She/Her

Subbacultcha member since: April 2022

Portrait shot by @hanstemmerman

Tell us, what do you do in life?

I'm a freelance graphic designer and photographer.

What do you like best about your place?

I just moved from my old apartment to a new place and during the transition time I got the chance to house-sit in one of the most beautiful houses in Brussels. I love settling into new places and breaking all my habits. It inspires me a lot.

What kind of music are you listening to at the moment?

I've been listening to Cat Power and Bat For Lashes lately.

What’s the first record you bought?

I think it was Every Kingdom by Ben Howard.

What’s your favourite pastime?

I love going through my collection of fashion magazines and inspiring myself for upcoming shoots.

Any guilty pleasures?

Loudly sing along to music I listened to when I was twelve years old (I love the new Spotify feature that shows lyrics!!)

If you could be famous, what kind of celebrity would you be?

I hope for my true self!

Have you experienced any regrets recently?

I am not the best person at networking and sometimes I am at events where I really want to chat with a lot of people but just really have no idea what to say and then end up just leaving.

Who do you wanna give credit to here?

To everyone who has ever been involved in a project of mine. And really, by now that's a lot of people!

Who is the most underrated artist/ travel destination?

A lot of people see Tenerife as an island for elderly people, but it's such a beautiful island with a lot of hidden gems.

What is the key element of your morning routine?

Coffee and being very slow!

When you think of your safe space, what do you imagine?

Being surrounded by people I love.

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?

I love the sun and it's getting darker and darker here every day. I think I would choose Namibia and go to the desert!

The latest book that you read and liked?

I loved reading every minute of the book Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton.

Name one podcast that you always go back to.

A friend introduced me to the podcast Bob from the audio collective SCHIK. It is a beautifully compelling and moving story and I recommend it to everyone. I cried a lot!

What is your favourite staple clothing piece?

Frankie's oversized boyfriend blazer - black.

Is there anything you wish people would know about you?

People often tell me after they've known me for a while that in the beginning, they thought I wouldn't be approachable or sweet at all. So here goes: I love getting to know new people haha.

I love getting to know new people

The best place you have ever lived in?

I love Brussels.

What are your favourite things to do at the weekend?

I love to go for brunch in the city and stroll through its sunny streets with no plan.

Name a contemporary artist you think we should know about.

I just met Ileana Moro and really really love her work.

What is a relationship deal breaker?

Someone non-empathic.

One thing you always have in your bag?

A big bottle of water.

Where do you get inspiration?

In daily life, magazines, nature, light reflections…

What is the most meditative activity to try out?

Listening to deep sleep music.

When was the last time that you had to fake laugh?

I was chatting with someone at a party the other day and really didn't understand anything she was saying. She spoke so quietly. So after a time, I asked to continue chatting outside and she took thick earplugs out of her ears and said she's always afraid to talk too loudly.

Cite your favourite lyrics line.

‘Flametop Green’ by Daniel Lanois is actually a song without lyrics, but the feeling that the song describes is the best lyric in the world to me.

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