2008 — ongoing
Initiated during my adolescence, “One's Island” is a photographic project with which I propose a dialectic between interiority and confrontation to the world. By use of 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 apply 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. Freed 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: 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.