Maxime
Fauconnier

Lucas, ocean, 2016

One's Island
2008 — ongoing

Initiated during my adolescence, “One's Island” is a photographic project with which I propose a dialectic between interiority and confrontation with the world. Through a constellation of contemplative vignettes, the series maps the territory of a fictional island: the result is the representation of a there that replaces the here, reflecting a state of being that goes hand in hand with a state of not belonging.

Through a fragmentary visual writing, I use the island as a metaphorical space existing outside of all spaces: an archetypal landscape for the imagination to surge, a fragment of land to solitarily and secretly explore the inviolable space that exists inside our minds. I use the principle of collision and juxtaposition between portraits, traces of my urban quotidian and lush landscapes to suggest that the strength of one image is revealed fully in correlation with the others, as if bound by invisible seams. Free from a recognizable geography and blending spontaneous capturing with cinematic compositions, the images propose a bridge towards a secret, meditative and slowed-down universe.

A quest for escape runs through the 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, either in a posture of observer or ready to retreat. Moreover, rivers, lakes, beaches and oceans 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 bodies that emerge in an elliptical narrative.

The photographic project was complimented in 2018 by my 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.

Island, moonlight, 2018

Forest fire, 2019

Boy running, forest, 2019

Stitches, 2013

Marcel, 2011

White flag, 2018

Bus stop, green, 2015

Alex, snow, 2011

Alex, snow, 2011
Installation view at Fragma Gallery, 2021

Color print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Satin, 100% cotton, 310 gr/m².
Custom dark aluminum frame, image clear glass. 80 x 120 cm.
Edition of 3 + 2AP.

Climbing, gardens, 2014

Green shirt, beach, 2018

Car, tail light, 2017

Storm, mountains, 2019

Django sleeping, purple, 2018

Stars, purple, 2018

Silhouettes, orange sparks, 2010

Ceiling fan, green, 2018

Malorie, red fabric, 2014

Two islands, white, 2019

Steve, gold necklace, 2018

Boy, wooden stick, ocean, 2019

Eva, la mythologie, 2014

Lucas, 2015

River, tree reflection, 2017

River, tree reflection, 2017
Installation view at Fragma Gallery, 2021

Color print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Satin, 100% cotton, 310 gr/m².
Custom dark aluminum frame, image clear glass. 80 x 120 cm.
Edition of 3 + 2AP.

Basketball court, beach, 2014

Taras, statue, 2011

Black sand, rocks, 2018

Stills from the film "Julian" (2018) as spreads from the book "One's Island" (in development)

Stills from the film "Julian" (2018) as spreads from the book "One's Island" (in development)

Ondine, diner, 2012

Omar, cherry, 2016

Forest, blue, 2020

Red car, rain, 2018

Horse, red and blue, 2019

Cyprien, 2018

Police cars, fire, 2012

Elias, bedroom, green shirt, 2018

Lucie, café, roses, 2018

Island, lake, rain, 2018

Mistral by the lake (I), 2018

Mistral by the lake (II), 2018

Stars, passing clouds, 2018

Young man running, sparkles, 2010

Boy, yellow t-shirt, skatepark, 2009

Island, fog, 2008

Jump, cliff, 2009