Looking at some recent photographs… introduction to a visual history
A little more than 30 years ago, I started to practice photography ... with the strong willing to «become» a photographer. Currently, I am not a photographer per se, that is to say that I have not embraced a «career» as a photographer. On the other hand, it is impossible for me to live without photography: every day I use my camera to take / make photographs; every day I look at photographs that they are mine wherever they are those of others.
I think that making images – mental constructions made up of assimilated references, combined technical knowledge, stored knowledge (full of noise and fury) – is only possible through vacancy. It’s this state of mind that I need to take pictures ... when everything is knotted. This vacancy is the possibility of receiving, eye, what could become a photograph, camera. This vacancy allows the irrepressible triggering.
I take a certain number of photographs per day – or not (which is rare, even sick). The night following the day, sometimes the early morning of the following day, is devoted to the choice and the development of the photographs. It is obvious that by the time I have my photograph, I almost know what set it will enrich. These sets are the basis of my visual history.
Raymond Queneau wrote: «it is by writing that one becomes a ‘writering’», it is by photographing that one becomes ...