In this work, the great wave of Hokusaï should be understood for its symbolic meaning, calling for an almighty nature that no one can stop and to an absolute sense of ephemerality. At D0, the city and its inhabitants are in a state of unstable balance, between the strength of the wave and the urban […]
Category: Photographic works
The below works make use of a well-known argentic paper property: to darken when exposed to light. It shows two photographic stages for a given urban space impacted by a hazard occurrence. The first stage (D0) is the initial picture illustrating the hazard. The second stage (D+) is produced from the silver paper pre-cut in the dark room. Some parts will be chemically treated with fixing or developer agents at given dilution and time. Others will be left untreated. The different parts will be reassembled in the dark room before being printed and exposed to daylight during x days. All this will result in the D+ picture. The way darkness develops in time for certain parts of D + will highlight the challenges raised by the urban space resilience level in comparison with D0.
The paper darkness development is technically complex as it depends on the brightness, the UV index and the refraction angle of the light on the paper. This multi-parameters process recalls that hazards affecting an urban space cannot always be predictable. In my work, light symbolizes the hazard.
When I think that the darkness level is appropriate, the daylight exposure is stopped, but the concept of my work is that D+ cannot be stable and some parts may still darken in time. This recalls that the stability of an urban space, though resilient, should never be taken as granted.
(argentic paper grade: Ilford MGIV RC Luxe Pearl, 17,8 x 24 cm/ 7×9,5 in)
Urban space complexity increases. The adaptation to our environment is vital but in the same time it may hurt our cultural, philosophical and religious beliefs. In between, the interface, as below symbolized, and a work questioning the urban space contribution to the equilibrium between both sides post hazard. At D0, before the hazard occurrence, the […]
There is a risk with the «smart city» development to underestimate the growing complexity of cities which can even be exacerbated by our digital environment. How to make sure that urban cartographies are representative when low income citizens are left aside? In this work a couple watches Manhattan in an attitude encompassing cautiousness and exclusion. […]
This work should be seen as a counter-example, underlining the difficulty to incorporate ephemeral experimentations in our urban plans. This building in Berlin speaks for itself with a “Gegen Ende” (towards the end) and the inability to reconsider the notion of ownership. At D0, the building, the sky and the movie theater are distinct from […]
A work about homeless settlement and the relation with urban resilience. At D0, the garage door appeals to the eye before being attracted by two mattresses continuously with the wall. At D+, the background darkened leaving the space to the unoccupied mattresses with an obsessing question: what have we done with the “occupants”? More to […]
The below work questions how far flooding adaptation can go, while protecting the cultural heritage of historical cities. At D0, the incongruity of the perspective is not detrimental to the architectural heritage, still visible in the background. At D+, only two houses of the forefront can be seen. The rest of the city darkened, raising […]
This works questions the way rurality could become integrated into urbanity, enabling so to rebalance the exclusions derived from a “selective green-washing” urbanism. At D0, the urban imposes its grid massively, almost oppressively. At D+, towers fade out. Low level buildings find a new balance. The continuum with rurality is emphasized. The appropriation of rurality […]