Shadowgraphy

Portfolio : published – Life Stories in Photo Analogies #1

“This life’s dim windows of the soul
Distorts the heavens from pole to pole
And leads you to believe a lie
When you see with, not through, the eye.”― William Blake

This portfolio uses photography as an excuse, as a key to open door and put one step into the life of the people I meet. These encounters are guided by the camera I have in hand, they can happen in any location, at any time. In fact, amazing people are everywhere, and often just at the corner of the street.

I use a simple process; after a quick first portrait, I stop shooting and we converse, using whatever language we are lucky enough to have in common, it happens we just talk with our hands. Sometimes by these conversations, we travel together in an extraordinary life journey, some share intimate details of their life, others only focus on the place they like, sometimes I can only guess what is happening. For this first magazine issue, I have selected seven of these life stories that are now part of my own journey.

Technicalities :

All pictures shot with a mamiya 7II and 65mm f4.0. Films used : Kodak TriX at various ISO, Fuji Pro 160s, Fuji Astia 100 and Fuji Provia 100F

Note from the photographer : “the Mamiya 7 and the 65mm is the perfect combination for portraits with context”

Ce portfolio use de la photographie comme d’un prétexte, une clé pour mettre un pied dans la vie des personnes que je rencontre. Ces entrevues sont guidées par l’appareil photo que j’ai en main, elle peuvent avoir lieu à tout moment, dans n’importe quel lieu. En réalité, il est facile de rencontrer des gens extraordinaires et il sont souvent au coin de la rue.
J’utilise un simple modus-operandi; après un premier portrait sur le vif, je pose mon appareil et nous engageons la conversation en utilisant le langage que nous avons en commun, il arrive que ce soit simplement avec les mains. Parfois ces conversation nous transportent dans un voyage intime dans leurs existences, parfois je ne peux que deviner ce qui s’est passé. Pour ce premier numéro, j’ai sélectionné sept de ces histoires de vies qui font maintenant partie de mon propre itinéraire.

Un peu de technique :

Toutes les photos on été prises avec un boitier Mamiya 7II et un objectif 65mm f4.0. Les films utilisés sont : Kodak TriX at various ISO, Fuji Pro 160s, Fuji Astia 100 and Fuji Provia 100F

Note du photographe : « Le Mamiya 7II accompagné du 65mm forment la combinaison parfaite pour les portraits en contexte »





You can find these life stories (in photos and text) in the associated category of the short photographic stories published in this website. See HERE


 

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This set was featured in the first issue of BOP magazine, Photo analogies #1 in 2013 ( see this link). The magazine is still available and can be shipped worldwide, you can contact me for order or you can place order directly on the BOP e-shop.

BOP is an association whose goal is to promote film photography. It offers each member virtual space for their online portfolio and also aims at organizing collective paper exhibitions and publishing booklets. All BOP members are passionate photographers who aim at achieving high standards for each picture together with artistic coherency in their exhibitions.