Why did you keep this film on your own person for so long
The main reason was to commit to a particular maturation process
by providing these photographs a "prenatal" experience by exposing them to heat, cold, and impacts to give them a distinctive grain and a unique "color", an original appeal and a personal soul; it's
a process similar to wine to keep, aging in an oak barrel, which will possess its own gustatory qualities depending on the place, the atmosphere, the bottle or the cork.
The second reason was more unexpected. At the
beginning, this film had rapidly become a sort of talisman, a lucky charm, bringing me in return a supplementary energy, a creative power, a help for inspiration, a protection against doubt and fear
in my daily work. But the more time passed, the more I managed to grow apart from it, until I completely detached from it, certainly the fruit of the experience and maturity I acquired. But also to
enjoy further a certain set day, the instant of the reunion. "To forget" about this film in order to, in the future, take the most pleasure out of the surprise and find again
I am swimming against the flow of the ephemeral
pictures on Snapchat, Instagram or the Internet in general. Only Time will decide the existence and duration of those photos. No one else, especially not digital system without a soul, nor a
Why did you wait and choose today, in
2016, to develop and print these pictures ?
At the time of the shots, in 1996, the silver
technique gave, on an etymological level, all of its sense to photography: writing with the light. The light truly permeated tracks on the negative, and everything was real and concrete. We could
touch, tidy, manipulate the images. Nowadays, the light is transformed in digital data and everything can lie digitally on a hard disk, a computer or a telephone. When you turn off the screen,
nothing is left. The object is missing.
In respect to this modern evolution, in which I
progress professionally, I wished to go back towards initial values to find again photography as an object, but mainly to go to the end of an idea and an artistic approach undertaken with frim
conviction twenty years ago.
Yes, twenty years have passed. A generation was
born without knowing anything about silver, without ever touching real paper pictures. And facing the saturation of images, particularly on the Internet, I try today to take another path, and to go
towards another photographic and artistic practice. Going back to the origins, to my roots as a photographer. It is a gamble and an actual commited stance. A work with no safety net since the
beginning, and it is a piece of art of which, for once, no one, not even me, knows the end. Only the purpose.