French photographer for more than 20 years, and historian and archaeologist by my university formation, I was always fascinated by the Japanese esthetics of Junichirô Tanizaki (1886/1965).
This photographic series, realized with a “simple” Canon EOS Ds Mark III (and 3 classics optics : an “EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM”, an “EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM” and an “EF 50mm f/1.2L USM”), is the perfect representation it this esthetics:” I believe that the beautiful is a substance in itself, but only a drawing of shadows, that a play of twilight produces by the juxtaposition of diverse substances” (J. Tanizaki)
Most of people think that the photography is an objective representation of the reality … they are wrong: it is not more the case than for the paint, the drawing or still the sculpture.
It is just the look of his author … and still, just in what he is worth discovering you to it well.
In the photographic serie “Ink”, we find, the approach which holds more working drawing than the simple reproduction of this reality.
The photography, here, is made print in the purest spirit of the “wabi-sabi”, so expensive to the Japanese esthetics and the reality is made milked by ink as under the brush of a Japanese traditional painter.
Nevertheless everything is real and exempt from special effect: we cross here of the Shade in the Light, imperceptibly and congeal the Movement and the Moment in “paintings” which become almost abstracted.
To share, here, the look of the photographer is not anymore to contemplate the world through his eyes but well and truly to dive into the soul of the latter …
Ink, study 1
Ink, study 14
Ink, study 17
Ink, study 21
Ink, study 29
Ink, study 32