I initially intended just to post this lovely “old” image of Elsa and Thémis from her mother Ganaëlle‘s Monbopetitmonde blog…..
…..as a postscript, seeing as I’d come across it while researching the recent post featuring the girls – and it’s a lovely example of the appeal these two have, particularly together.
The only available image is small, and this is about as far as I can bump it up without losing too much clarity – but there is a banner that I can crop from:
That was supposed to be it – but I remembered promising way back at the beginning of this blog to post some more images of Elsa – in the context of her sessions with Ganaëlle.
What follows is a bit more and a bit less than that: other photographers besides Thémis’ mother, but just what I have available, without a big trawl. First those BFFs together again:
….most of them in fact being by Ganaëlle – you can just see her miniscule watermark at the bottom left of the portraits. The last one is by her – before one of the girls’ live performances as “Mini-Alices” with the band Alice on the Roof – in essence the Belgian singer Alice Dutoit – in Brussels (Elsa lives in Huy, in the Francophone Walloon region):
I actually feel quite emotional about it: she sang (in various squares, concert halls, stadia – you name it) in front of big audiences, not having had all that drama school preparation that so many TV talent/reality show contestants have had…very different from all the to-camera work she’s done.
Click on this link to see Elsa sing in one of Brussels’ big squares – it gives me goose-bumps every time:
Here’s just her film résumé:
2016 BARRAGE – Laura Schroeder – Agathe
2012 LUDO – Khourban Cassam-Chenaï – Zoé enfant
2016 COMMISSAIRE MAGELLAN – Lionel Chatton – Emilie
2015 ENNEMI PUBLIC – Matthieu France et Gary Seghers – Noémie Vanhassche
2014 LÉO MATTEÏ “LA REVENANTE” – Xavier Gens – Léa Jacmain
2013 CE SOIR JE VAIS TUER L’ASSASSIN DE MON FILS – Pierre Aknine – Lucie Tessier
2013 A TORT OU À RAISON, SAISON 2 ÉP 4 – Alain Brunard – Charlotte
2013 IN VLAAMSE VELDEN, ÉP. 3 – Jan Matthys – Madeleine Duchène
2012 THE WHITE QUEEN, ÉP 1-2 – James Kent – Katherine Woodville
….I highlighted the small part of Katherine Woodville that she performed in the BBC‘s series The White Queen – since it’s in English (tho’ shot in Belgium): that I would love to see…
Now Elsa on her own:
Elsa comes from a media-savvy family – her mother Christel Lowies is a photographer, and her sixteen-year-old sister Louane an actress – here are the sisters, shot by their mother:
…..and my favourite session featuring Elsa, also taken by Christel:
In fact, if you look at Elsa’s impressive filmography above, her biggest claim to fame in Belgium is as part of the cast of the popular TV drama Public Enemy – where she plays a…..murder victim:
“Elsa Houben plays little Noémie, the first girl assassinated and found lying in the chapel. ” We see her in episodes 1 and 2, and we’ll find her again in the last two, on the 9th and the 10th where we understand what happened. And there she talks a little, “ reveals her mother, Christel Lowies.” (Lameuse.be)
……and in fact it was as part of the cast of that show that she appeared in the student-created unofficial video of Alice on the Roof’s Monopoly Loser – which I’ll republish, although it was in the recent Thémis-themed post:
….whether she and Thémis were asked to appear with Alice on the Roof in public because of that connection, or it’s just a coincidence, I don’t know…
The photographers to credit are the obvious historical snappers of Elsa: Ryan Mills, Ganaëlle Glume, Tom Museeuw, Guy Jamotte – and to finish here’s a lovely portrait of the Houben/Pauwels girls with that welcome visitor, Ryan Mills: