in the streets of...
My photos focus on subjects of construction: towns, roofs, bridges, industrial places now abandoned … Why?
The city has accompanied us since the dawn of civilization. It is the powerful heart that pumps into us our strength, that regulates our developments, and that lives and dies like a living being.
The city is not a natural creation: it is a human creation that serves, quite implicitly, as a mirror of the societies that build it. In that sense, it is certainly one of the sociological factors that reveals the most about our condition. Understanding a town is as impossible as understanding a soul. But, like a culture, you can feel it and immerse yourself in it. That is what these photos attempt to do: provide multiple facets of these hybrid, complex and changing phenomena that are the center of human population.
the bridges …
The bridge corresponds to another symbol: progress. The essence of being a human being is not to stay still in one place but to overcome obstacles and to keep moving forward. Thus bridges allow us to overcome obstacles such as rivers, valleys, bays, and mountains to continue to advance, to discover new lands, and to link our lands in an organized way. The bridge acts as a two-way liaison, facilitating not just the departure but also the return —similar to what we never stop to do with our past and our future.
In addition, contrary to the road or the railroad, the bridge is a work of art that combines the most complex technology with simple beauty. We could have foregone creating beauty with such a functional thing. But no! In whatever country, our transportation edifices over which we travel – often without the possibility of stopping – are without rival with regard to elegance and style. Whether in the country or in the city, whether dating over a thousand years ago or just recently constructed, these bridges sculpt our countryside in new permanent ways, often describable beyond words.
on the roads in...
There are as many ways to look at a country as there are eyes to see. However, when we travel, we try to put on one of two pairs of glasses that filter our view:
the glasses of the tourist … shaped by the tour operators, the travel guides, etc., who show us the monuments, the folklore, the typical, that is, a universal panorama of a country that all tourists share if they “do” this destination;
the glasses of the inhabitant … forged by daily life, routine, available means, constraints but also by the love for his/her country and for a spirit that often escapes the “universal panorama.”
When traveling for business, one often has the opportunity to be guided by local inhabitants. Thus, on the roads in the countries where I have traveled, I have tried to capture this other reality which the tourist often misses.