One of Europe’s most iconic cities captured in bold, urban, and fascinating photos where delicate lines mesh with geometric patterns to create beautiful contemporary compositions. Want to see? Read on to learn how urban photographer Sébastien Nagy captures the Belgian capital.
Brussels, the most Instagrammable city in Europe?
Seeing Brussels for the first time is most definitely a ‘wow’ experience. What with the Royal Palace, what’s known as the most beautiful square in Europe and its stunning architecture, Brussels offers plenty for those looking to feed their Instagram profile with some stunning shots. Even the slightest glance at photographer Sébastien Nagy’s work will make you want to book the next flight to Brussels! So, we’ve asked Sébastien to take us on a tour of his favorite city through his most stunning photos.
Quartier Bruxelles Nord, Brussels
Capturing the heart of Europe from a whole new angle
As a true Bruxellois, Sébastien knows Brussels like the back of his hand. But it’s only in the past two years that he’s really started exploring the city through his camera lens. Nagy says he discovered his passion for photography on a trip to Switzerland. Then, little by little, he started snapping shots of his own city. That’s when he started to really develop his own urban style, he says, and started taking shots of the city from high vantage points.
Check out the photos below and you’ll notice the photographer’s strong interest for clean lines and symmetry. Have you ever seen the Koekelberg Basilica? Check it out on your next stay in Brussels (but we can’t guarantee you’ll be able to see it from this perspective!)
Basilique de Koekelberg, Brussels
Aerial photography: seeing what others can’t see
The only way to get some of these shots is through use of a drone or by climbing skyscrapers. Luckily, Sébastien isn't afraid of heights! Whenever he gets the rare opportunity, he musters the courage that many wouldn't have to go sky-high and take some rather vertiginous shots of the city. This view is simply stunning!
Altitude 100 in Forest, Brussels
The art of perfecting travel photography
Does one travel to take the best photos? Or does one take photos to travel? Whichever way you look at it, Nagy’s passion for photography and travel go hand in hand. Having made several trips to photograph the most picturesque urban locations, Nagy has perfected his process to make the best of his time on site. Before each trip, he combs the web (Instagram, Google Earth, reviews, etc.) to find the very best spots, planning his itinerary for each day. But sometimes, he admits, the best way to discover a city’s hidden gems is to simply wander and embrace the unexpected.
Quartier des Marolles, Brussels
Stay in the city center with the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Brussels for ease of access to the city's most beautiful stops. Take a leisurely stroll to the Grand Place, passing through the impressive Galeries Royales, or take a break from the camera and take in some art at the Magritte Museum, just a few minutes' walk from the hotel.
Brussels as an open door to exploring the rest of the world
Brussels was indeed the one that started it all for Sébastien. Fascinated by sparkling skylines and impressive structures, he has since concentrated primarily on photographing the world’s largest capitals: Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore.... Stay tuned to find out what metropolis he explores next!