Try-out aka the New kids from 1999

If Canal It Up would have been around in the year 1999, it would have looked like this. We would have taken pictures with an analoge camera to stick them in a Canal It Up family album instead of social media.

The New kids on the pictures are the youngsters of Try-Out. Try-out is an alternative day centre for teenagers from 12 to 18 years with problems at school or at work. They go looking for their talents, give them a peaceful environment and try to create the desire to go and look for a future vision.

For an afternoon they became the caretakers of the canal. They saw for themselves the kind of trash that float around in the water. A lot of questions were asked and only smiles coming out of the water. For their group picture they choose for a ‘we play trash’ composition.

Pictures are taken with an analoge disposable camera by Marthe Van Rompaey, student interior architecture at Faculteit Architectuur KU Leuven, Campussen Sint-Lucas. She studies the canal area for school and stumbled upon our kayaks and project.