LES AUTEURS DE RDV•I
2e Prix Photo - 2e RDV•I 2012
Directeur Artistique : Patrick BAILLY-MAÎTRE-GRAND
I have been photographing for 35 years and I spend most of my free time for this activity.
I am particularly interested in people, their lives and their destinies. Most of them mark the birth of life, from whom they were born, where they were born, and when they were born. If you are unlucky, you may never get out of the social environment which belongs to you, so you resign your fate of the circumstances and try to make a decent living. I try to make realistic photos without retouching, just like the real life is. So that is the story of life.
In hilly areas not far from urban centres, I found deserted farms and people living in isolation. These aged and lonely individuals are more or less left to fend for themselves. In the past, these homesteads vibrated with family life despite the fact that they were far away from villages, towns and even other homesteads. These once populated houses used to connect children, parents and old people who worked and lived together. But time and conditions have changed. Now, these deserted and extremely poor homes are inhabited only by the aged who sink ever deeper into isolation and live an increasingly poorer existence ruled by the awareness of their loneliness. They live as if they were forgotten by the rest of the world.
These deserted poor homes have their roots and their aged inhabitants persevere, remaining faithful to their homesteads and rooted to their tiny piece of land and the roof above their heads despite the price of acute loneliness which they pay because of these.