Cleo Goossens tells that since the sudden passing of her father in 2010, photography has become, ‘something important, something for me to hold on to’.
In 1981 my parents drove the Route du Soleil in their canary yellow Renault 4 and, by chance, stopped in the little village of Bedoin, located at the foot of the Mont Ventoux. It became an important place for our family.
Earlier this year Goossens, and her partner Steven, decided to go on a road trip and retrace her parents’ footsteps. Her debut photobook, Route du Soleil, comprises a collection of photographs taken over the past ten years, recalling a decade of loss. She describes the book as ode to her father, to her love for her partner, and her love for her parents.
Born and raised in The Netherlands, Goossens has worked on a mix of fashion, sports, documentary and commercial assignments for clients such as i-D, Priory, Four & Sons Magazine, Elle Magazine, Ace & Tate & PSV.
Cleo Goossens is taking over @paperjournalmag from today until 1 June 2020. You can follow her @cleogoossens and see more of her work at cleogoossens.nl.