Updated: Feb 16, 2019
-By Fanny Genoux
The "Eclipse" series is one of my most recent work. It presents very colorful, contrasted and composed photographs.
I chose the name of the series because of the first photo that inspires me the others: we can see a man, standing in the middle of a shadow that obliquely cuts the picture in half. The man's hat and t-shirt are in the light, while his faces are the only silhouette, overshadowed by the shadow.
The images are composed frontally, sculpted out of colored areas and shadows. We are on the edge of abstraction. Passers-by themselves are reduced to mere silhouettes.
These photographs were born from a desire to "paint," using deep shadows, combining the intense light of my region with the colorful facades of Nice, geometry, shapes, the narrow streets of the old town, and the presence of the passers-by.
Indeed, as I said, I like images that are graphically constructed. In this work, I did not want to capture simple silhouettes on a colored background. My challenge was to find how the shadows would bring abstraction and geometry.
I started this series right after the birth of my second child, I had already photographed my city (series Between the lines & Seen from here) and I could not move much. So, I wanted to find another way to watch and photograph this city. I was looking for a new approach. That was another challenge.
That is why almost all the photographs in this series were taken in Nice and more particularly in the old town, where the facades are the most colorful (many are yellow or orange, some are red, others blue) and where the narrow streets offer beautiful deep shadows. Some have been taken in the neighboring towns (Menton, Toulon) or in Italy (Siena).
I plan to change to lighter material, more suited to street photography, but currently, I have a Canon EOS 7D SLR, with a 17-50mm lens.
From a technical point of view, for this series, when I spot a background that I like, I prepare my frame, and I wait for something interesting to pass by, in this case, a looming silhouette! For the exposure, I rely on the highlights to block blacks and shadows, and I close the diaphragm.
I was certainly influenced by the work of photographers I greatly appreciate, such as Saul Leiter, Fan Ho, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Koudelka or Franco Fontana.
In my photo practice, I’m not only influenced by photographers but by painters as well, like Edward Hopper. They too inspire me a lot.
I have presented this series in two photographic festivals. The "Streetphotography Festival of Saint Raphael," where the series won the "City Award," that allows me to be exhibited there next September. At the photographic festival of Menton "Photomenton," the series got the 3rd prize. It has also been featured on several French specialized websites.
Born in Lyon in 1982, based in Nice, teacher. I am interested in photography as a whole since I discovered the film laboratory when I was in high school. I could spend hours locked up developing my dandruff.
Lately, I particularly turned to “street photography.” As a mother of two (and soon three) young children, it is difficult to travel, so I mainly photograph the streets of my city. I think my photography style has a varied approach.
My work is built through my wanderings and random encounters in the streets. I work on the spot, capturing moments, telling stories through small details. My eyes are attracted by the geometry of cities and landscapes, by the scenes taking place in the streets. Most of my works can be described as graphical or highly composed. I like to play with shapes, deep shadows, and to use the light as a carving tool.
Today, photography is an integral part of my life.
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