ARTIST STATEMENT

As an architect and self-taught photographer, my architectural background has shaped my artistic vision and carved my photographic identity.

I believe that architecture and photography are similar and complementary worlds; they both follow rules of composition, emphasize negative spaces, have an urge to frame spaces and lead the viewer, communicate a visual language through different means. Both fields also depend on one another. An architectural edifice which is fixed in space can be viewed across the world through photography and I’ll go as far as to say that photography gives it an added value: indeed, a photograph can emphasize certain parts of a building, isolate others, exaggerate features, translate a dramatic feel, and so on, in order to translate a certain essence, the soul of this architecture. Whereas architecture is fixed in space, a photograph also fixes it in time.

Photography is to me a natural extension to my architectural background. It is a means of artistic expression which allows me to take a step back from reality as is and re-formulate it through my lens, using this reality to create an abstraction, to discover it with a different state of mind. What I aim to create is a visual language made of lines, geometric shapes, shadows, patterns, all which engage the viewer and translate a certain sense of space and scale as architecture does, even when the subject totally differs from pure architecture. I tend to look for a visual statement in my work rather than a specific narrative.

Whatever my subject is, I normally experiment with framing and/or with exposure in order to get a result based on that subject but with a certain distance from it at the same time. Following that mental and creative process can lead to very different results, depending on the subject and on the chosen photography technique (one shot, multiple exposure, panning, long exposure, etc…). The predominant language in my body of work is the omnipresence of lines, be it leading lines or lines overlapping, which, to me, always refers back to the architectural source of my approach.

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