2010 — ongoing
Initiated in 2010, “One’s Island” is a photography project symbolizing youth’s disconnection with the rest of society through a constellation of contemplative vignettes, mapping together the territory of an illusory island.
In the series, the island enters in dialogue with portraits of adolescents as well as still lives, captured during my search for beauty in the most prosaic and ordinary places. Blending spontaneous capturing with composed cinematic tableaux, I juxtapose these scenes to the island landscapes to demonstrate that their strength is fully revealed in the presence of each other - as if layered on top of each other; connected by invisible seams. Moreover, I use the poetic power of water as a binding element to create a fluid back and forth between inwardness and exteriority. Rivers, islands, littorals and seascapes recur and come to punctuate the narrative, adding a vibrant imaginary motion to the stillness of photography. Alternatively thick and quiet, clear and wild, inviting or threatening, the photographed bodies of water embrace, isolate and link together the territories and bodies that emerge in a broken and elliptical narrative.
"One’s Island" reveals my sensitivity to the vulnerable and ambiguous period in which a teenager undergoes an exponential growth of experience while sensing the weight of the world on their shoulders. Symbolizing a state of remaining within one’s own boundaries, freed from any external influence, the layered and ever-changing island urges the viewer to experience a serene and silent introspection. I use the island as a metaphorical space existing outside of all spaces; an archetypal territory for the imagination to surge, a fragment of land to solitarily and secretly explore the inviolable space that exists inside our minds. This quest for isolation runs through this sequence of images, like an underlying theme. When characters appear, they are often alone, unaware of my gaze and caught in a state of calm introspection or silent anguish. When in crowds, they tend to stand out, always seeming slightly on the outside of the agitation, either in a posture of observer or restless; ready to flee or retreat.
The photographic project was complimented in 2018 by my first fiction film, "Julian" (28'45''), investigating the same subject-matter. Screenshots and speech fragments from the main character, a teenager exploring his own island, will constitute the main thread of the book "One's Island" (in development).
Presented here is a selection of the series.