Since childhood, I have been regularly in contact with potters. The French department where I come from has a famous village called Saint Quentin la Poterie. This ancient village is known for its long tradition of pottery that dates back to the 14th century.
One sunny afternoon in Taiwan, I took the Taipei metro to attend a dance show called Renaissance of its Ashes — An Experimental Work by Taiwanese choreographer Ho Hsiao-mei. I found it while browsing online. The few teasers from the show caught my interest, and so I booked a ticket.
Continuing my Asian journey, I landed in Taiwan’s capital city Taipei, an island neighbouring China. I became quite intrigued by the place up in the sky once the plane flew over the Tansui river and gave us a wonderful view of the waters snaking the city.
On the day I arrived in Jinze, I immediately heard about the Dutch neighbour of the artist residency. I had the opportunity to see a few pictures taken by some of previous artists who were able to visit him Just by looking at the pictures made me want to go there right away. I was excited to see all these vintage pieces from the Dutch neighbour’s collection in person.
I remember being in the taxi on my way to my next destination: Shanghai in China. How different it was, coming from Japan! It took an hour before I reached an area outside Shanghai called Jinze, an ancient water town. This was the location of Untitled Space, the international artist residency I would be staying in for about a month.
I had the chance to visit my grandmother’s house a few months ago. Since she passed away, I had few opportunities to enter it. In one of my trips to the village, I visited her house where many things have remained unchanged.
I clearly remember the day I first saw a picture by British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. I must say that discovering her body of work, her story as well as her values as a photographer motivated me to also pursue photography.
My last stop in Japan was in Okayama Prefecture. I must say, my stay there was perhaps my favourite part of the trip. I met Noriko Kondo, the founder of Hinoki Lab company in Nice, France, back in June at the World Perfumery Congress I attended as a perfumery student.
Hypnotic dance. The energy of the Earth traversing the body with legs being completely rooted to the ground, like waves passing through in harmonious undulations. Play of lights. Showing without revealing. Feeling an energetic intimacy. Pure beauty without artifice. The very essence of life.
I started the Heavy Silence photo series in November 2015 during a trip to London, after a year without touching the camera. The year before, I had to go back to a full-time job as an employee after a five-year break working as an independent photographer and marketing consultant.
The metro of Barcelona initially inspired the Underworld photo series. As a matter of coincidence, I learned about Plato’s Allegory of the Cave in a storytelling workshop I attended while I was in Barcelona. This passage spoke directly to me since the ideas here were reflected on the story I was working on.
The past and its mystery have always been one of the main subjects in my pictures. Maybe these photos have somehow become a way for me to control time and make it last longer. I create my own time, question it and play with it.
I have always had a quite complicated relationship with reality. This has greatly conditioned the way I photograph. As Italian theoretical physicist and author Carlo Rovelli once said, “Each sight on the world is always from a singular perspective. Our experience of the world comes from within.”
You never know when real change might occur and impact your life. Or maybe, it is the other way round - real change happens everyday but we let it come and go most of the times despite the uncomfortable situations it puts us through again and again.
There is nothing like philosophy to open up the conscience, or at least the eyes. Camera Lucida, the book on photography by philosopher Roland Barthes, is a classic amongst the classic books that every photographer (and art lover) might read to understand his/her unconscious attraction to photography.
I have always been fascinated by exploration stories. I remember my History classes on Egypt and the Pharaohs when I was 10. As books did at that time, I was totally absorbed by such incredible discoveries about these ancient people that erected beauty as a state ornament.
I remember that first look upon your cradle — I remember the feeling of the air flowing on my legs — I remember these stamps from a faraway land — I remember the smell of stew in the kitchen of my grandmother
I love the night. Night is not about darkness, on the contrary, it is about light and about contrasts. The lights in the city shine as if they were stars. This otherworldy atmosphere is proper to dreams.
Maria Grazia Chiuri is the first woman to be the creative director at Dior. And we have seen the impact of her feminine vision of women since her first collection in which she included messages on the clothes like “We shall all be feminists”.
Chanel has just paid a tribute to the Belle Epoque by replicating the Eiffel Tower in Le Grand Palais, two of the most emblematic Art Nouveau buildings of Paris, to ornament its Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2017-18 collection.
Photography is a passion for me, a way to express my inner world in images. A few years ago, a friend of mine pushed me to present some of my pictures to the most prestigious professional photography awards in Spain called the Lux Awards.
These past two years I have been working on a new photography project. It features pictures of Belle Epoque buildings. Being in such places was really moving for me. Some were transmitting very good vibrations.
The seventeenth century has gone down in history among other things as the golden age of Holland. The Low Countries became the epicentre of Europe, the great hegemony of the Old Continent which in later times would pass into French and eventually English hands.
I love Japanese culture. Its influence on the Arts & Crafts as well as on the Art Nouveau movements is now well established. I recently read the book "In Praise of Shadows" from Japanese writer Junichiro Tanizaki born in 1886.
Photos tell stories, and stories are not only contained within the characters who embody them; the atmosphere, space, buildings… they all bring in information and allow us to perceive what lies behind it all and means that a picture makes sense. Atmosphere is a living entity. Atmosphere is one more character in our story.
When I look at Paolo Roversi’s pictures, I am instantly dragged into his universe. I feel overcome with emotion. My breath speeds up. All my senses are on alert. Something is going on. The mystery that exudes from his pictures literally catches all my attention.