2010 — ongoing
Initiated in 2010, “One’s Island” is a photography project focused on symbolizing youth’s disconnection with the rest of society through the use of landscapes. In contrast to a frenetic production of documentary-like images, “One’s Island” is rather a constellation of contemplative vignettes, all communicating with each other to map the territory of an illusory island.
This floating and ever-changing territory urges the viewer to experience a serene and silent introspection. Void of any human activity, the island’s landscapes are quiet, somber, transcendental or vertiginous. Their dense character is a direct answer to the complexity one faces in their mental wanderings. The island symbolises a state of remaining within one’s own boundaries, freed from any external influence.
My work reveals my sensitivity to the vulnerability that attends being a teenager. I am interested in the interval; that highly ambiguous and uncertain period where one undergoes an exponential growth of experience and knowledge, while feeling the weight of the world on their shoulders. Comparably, the locations in which I capture my subjects crystallize the very idea of the interval within the landscape: the no man’s land between one thing and another thing, such as vacant lots in the city, ethereal nocturnal boulevards or isolated skate parks and beaches.
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 truly revealed in the presence of each other - as if layered on top of each other; connected by invisible seams.
The photographic project was complimented in 2018 by my first fiction film, 'JULIAN' (28'45''), investigating the same subject-matter.
Presented here is a selection of the series.