“Evanescence” results from personal research on minimalist atmospheres and muted landscapes, photographed anywhere from my own doorstep to the vast expanses of Northern Europe.
Snow, ice and mists make up the soul of this purely photographic work, the guiding thread that has fuelled my photographic outlook for several years. This series of pictures builds on my previous work, “Sylvian Souls”. It embodies a graphic and aesthetic vision of nature – a way for me to get to the heart of the matter, keeping only the few elements that outline, rather than define the subject.
It is a contemplative form of expression, the fruit of a photographic intention that favours suggestion and the development of my creative vision rather than a more figurative approach. “Letting your emotions speak to perceive objects in what they express rather than what they are.”
Evanescence refers to the act of slowly disappearing, symbolism that is very present when one observes natural phenomena like snow showers that blur the tree lines, mist rising above a pond, the white of a wave breaking over a rock, water running under a frozen river or an animal whose silhouette fades to blend in with the white…
White, this non-colour that enhances a wealth of nuances and reveals the softness of contrasts is what binds these muted atmospheres that I love. In this monochrome world between dreams and reality, I contemplate, observe and seek the moment when magic operates, turning an image into an outline.
These moments fuel a very oneiric vision of nature, which compels me to go beyond reality and reproduce it in a different light, bringing out emotion and poetry to let mystery take effect.
Paradoxically, these fleeting visions look to me like they could transform into timeless creations – an approach that echoes my sensitivity and underpins my photographic outlook.
A poetic bubble as a testimony of the wild beauty that nature offers us in its most fragile and ephemeral form.
A plea for it to remain, for a long time to come, a source of wonder.