Explore my journeys
The series I'm working on have a main feature in common: the concept of border. This is a guiding thread, a common underlying theme in my series where I explore the border between domains, where the most interesting things often happen.
Being Close to the Edge opens the doors to new perceptions. My pictures tend to be at the boundary between abstraction and reality, where the viewer can create his own reality, when he is not just looking but seeing,…
These series express the feeling of being in a confused state of mind, between losing and finding. By working on the frontier of abstraction I try to create pictures that can trigger new images, old memories, some introspection,...My creative process consists of a succession of masking actions, mostly when taking the picture, actions that modify the reality, a kind of step by step transformation from an existing reality towards a new questioning. The subject is partly hidden. The viewer should play a central role in this process. His attention is diverted from the context, I try to lose him, such he can find something, no matters what, in the picture.
The “On the Edge of Chaos” series explores the border between chaos and order. I believe that some kind of chaotic situation can be quite inspirational, can be a fertile ground for creativity and the source of new ideas. The border between chaos and order is the transition between searching and finding, or between looking and seeing. There, on the edge of chaos, concepts and ideas arise that fall outside the normal perspective with which one assesses images and sensations. This is a kind of positive approach to Chaos, like a the step before the birth, the birth of an idea, a feeling, an image. It’s a kind of path from deconstruction to construction. I intended here to represent Chaos as the repetition of changing patterns in a non-ordered way.
Blessed are they who understand the birth of light, for they shall know how to weave it. I chose to use deep dark tones to reveal the light, the lines, the abstract shapes, to let the light shine out of the darkness. This is an optimistic view of darkness. The pictures have two levels of perception: The abstraction provided by the lines, shapes and light jumping out of the dark, and the impressions and inner images that open in our soul. They act like a cloudy mirror in which the we can find ourselves, where time stops and opens a door into our imagination and blurred memories. For that reason, this series is entitled “The Doors of Perception”, in reference to Aldous Huxley’s book. I partly found my inspiration in the work of the abstract French painter Pierre Soulages, known as "the painter of black” especially with his "Outre-Noir" (Beyond Black) paintings.