Study on Etching

« Quelque chose comme de l’orage et du sommeil», quelque chose entre la perte et sa mémoire. »
- Claude Royet-Journoud, Les objets contiennent l’infini

In this series of portraits, taken from my series Demande à la poussière, I put in scene bodies without any life or conscience, subjects endowed with very strong mental images. These protagonists could only be ourselves? Maybe they are all the same character? Perhaps they are between the state of arousal and dreaming? They do not seek in any case to show individuals in their own personality but a universality. They are, on this photographic scene, only a way of enlightening us about our selves. At the limit between life and death they are only delimitations of a mental space, a screen on which I project my vision. The exhaustion of the body, allows me to rediscover states of natural beings and thus to access the deepest areas of the individual.
The portraits of the "flesh statues (...) mummified by the heavenly fire" (Flammarion), which would petrify annihilating and produce a quasi-mineral material from the living, could only be a variant of these dead bodies now blinded by the reconstitution of memories. Or perhaps they are representations of the victims made by lightning that will soon be reduced to ashes. We come back to the dust.

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Lumineuse pétrification #2

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Lumineuse pétrification #3

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Lumineuse pétrification #1

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