From the PERSONA series, Untitled (Asia, Northern Avenue) @chateauversailles. When winter reigns over the royal estate of Versailles, the statues are shirking its icy bite under canvas tarp. Tarpaulins that blur genders and leave the immortal Greco-Roman celebrities they shelter, all equal in the disappearance. They echo the carnivals, overflowing with masked souls, which haunt the Memoirs of the chronicler of life at the court of Louis XIV, the Duke of Saint-Simon. Their indescribable presence is a metaphor to the concept of PERSONA, coined by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung and to which my photographic project owes its title : “ a kind of mask, designed on the one hand to make a definite impression upon others, and on the other to conceal the true nature of the individual “.
From the PERSONA series, Untitled (Minerva, Queen's Grove) @chateauversailles. To keep me company, in my long and lonely days of shooting, I listened to audio books. Among them, "Back to Blood" by the late Tom Wolfe, read with genius by Lou Diamond Phillips (@loudphillips). Thanks to these two formidable artists, in spite of the rain and the cold - which ruled hard on Versailles - I was in the heat of Miami with officer Nestor Camacho. And I shouted aloud: « I would, I would, I would ! » in the deserted gardens.
6 2478:54 PM Jun 11, 2018
From the series PERSONA, Untitled (Venus, Royal Alley) @chateauversailles. Shooting PERSONA, I realized that we don't really exist as beings. We are time, a length of time in space with a blurred shape and a shifted soul.
From the series PERSONA. Untitled, (Othon, Chestnut Trees Room) @chateauversailles. When winter comes, under the canvas tarp sheltering them, the statues of Versailles becomes the solitary inhabitants of a parallel universe, where beings and things merge. Through this unprecedented look at Versailles, my project questions the mask in which one recognize itself and by which, one is recognized. A mask, unique and distinct from any other, although similar to a puzzle that would build and deconstruct itself unceasingly. Thus, PERSONA is an invitation to the most fantastic quest that a human being can lead, that of its own identity.
From the series PERSONA, Untitled (Half Draped Venus, Mirror Fountain) @chateauversailles. "Things don’t have significance: they only have existence. Things are the only hidden meaning of things." FERNANDO PESSOA. The keeper of sheep (1925).