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Photomontage: a new adventure
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Photomontage: a new adventure

14.12.16

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Categories: Art, Collage, Painting, Photography

Photomontage: a new adventure


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I’m on a series of self-portraits as photomontages. What interests me is being able to compose directly during the shooting. Thus I can superimpose different plans as I wish. Using the self-portrait as a guideline allows me to work on a phenomenon that I have been experiencing over the last few years: aging. It is like a return to the clay of which we are supposed to have emerged. This decomposition of my face presages an ultimate transformation that can assume many forms. I can even conceive through these images a kind of survival, numberless avatars. They may be pictures of modesty - I'm getting old, I'm going to become earth... or of pride: I'm going to survive, I'm in the center of creation, even if it's only a small square of soil. And I catch all kinds of expressions that I would probably never see without this subterfuge. Often the composition is made from a banal pattern that I photograph, then I turn the camera against me to take my face, estimating the inclination of the objective pointed at me.

However, the collage remains to me indispensable to comment on the world, to situate myself in acting on the images without any hindrance. Often my collages can cause uneasiness by the violence of the twists I inflict on the bodies, but the expression is at this price, I believe, and I am following in this my master Picasso.

My first tests date from November 2016, during a coaching of a student who was making double exposures with a Lomo. I wanted to try it out and my first trials impressed me to the point of adopting this technique. For a long time, I have picked up blurred reflections in windows, often of myself. Multiple exposure allows me to deepen this technique which is similar to collage: it is as if my collages were melting more, that the joints became less visible. As a result the image becomes more unified and the viewer has less recomposition work to do. As I also try other compositions at a glance it marks my return to the street! But above all, it is playful and spontaneous. There is no planning. Rather a red thread that goes from one shot to another.

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Je commence une série d’autoportraits, sous forme de photomontages. Ce qui m’intéresse, c’est de pouvoir composer directement pendant la prise de vue. Je peux ainsi superposer différents plans à ma guise. Le fait d’utiliser l’autoportrait comme fil conducteur me permet de travailler sur un phénomène que je vis fortement depuis quelques années : le vieillissement. C’est comme un retour à la terre dont on est censé avoir émergé. Cette décomposition de mon visage présage une transformation ultime qui peut revêtir bien des formes.  Je peux même concevoir à travers ces images une sorte de survivance, des avatars sans nombre. Ce sont donc des images de modestie – je vieillis, je vais devenir terre… ou d’orgueil : je vais survivre, je suis au centre de la création, même s’il ne s’agit que d’un petit carré de sol. Et je capte toutes sortes d’expressions que je ne verrais sans doute jamais sans ce subterfuge. Souvent la composition se fait à partir d’un motif banal que je photographie, puis je retourne l’appareil contre moi pour prendre mon visage au jugé, en estimant l’inclinaison de l’objectif braqué sur moi.

Cependant, le collage me reste indispensable pour commenter le monde, de me situer dedans d’agir sur les images sans entrave aucune. Souvent mes collages peuvent susciter le malaise par la violence des torsions que j’inflige aux corps, mais l’expression est à ce prix je crois et je suis en cela mon maître Picasso.

Mes premiers essais datent de novembre 2016, d’un coaching d’une étudiante qui faisait des superpositions avec un Lomo. J’ai voulu essayer et mes premiers essais m’ont impressionné au point d’adopter ce procédé. Depuis longtemps, je capte des reflets, souvent de moi-même, qui se brouillent dans des vitres. L’exposition multiple m’a permis d’approfondir ce procédé qui s’apparente au collage : c’est comme si mes collages se fondaient davantage, que les jointures devenaient moins visibles. Du coup l’image devient plus unifiée et le spectateur a moins de travail de recomposition à faire.  Comme je tente aussi d’autres compositions au vol c’est le retour à la rue ! Mais avant tout, c’est ludique et spontané. Il n’y a pas de planification. Plutôt un fil rouge qui va d’une prise de vue à l’autre.

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