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Photography is an antidote to amnesia, to silence, to the erasure of our consciences.

Through it, I hope to recall the presence of forests, to celebrate the majesty of this plant world
and highlight its vulnerability which is ultimately a reflection of ours.

Photography is not image.
I practice photography in which gesture and material play an important part.

La Réunion 2008

 

The Bélouve forest is a forest in the Hauts de l'Est region of Reunion Island. It occupies a perched plateau located on the edge of the natural cirque occupied by the town of Salazie. It is revealed once you have crossed the Bébour forest, when you reach the pass of the same name. It is partly a primary forest and is home to exceptionally rich flora. The diffuse presence of the high tamarind, an endemic acacia, makes it unique. Part of the forest has evolved towards the status of cultivated forest supervised by a method of reasoned management. Located in the heart of the Réunion National Park, the Bébour and Bélouve forests contain unique biodiversity. They are listed as UNESCO World Heritage.


Analog photography – Large format 4x5 camera,
Inkjet print - Fine Art Agave 290g paper
Format 40x50cm, 70x90cm, 110x133cm - Edition of 9 copies

Vincennes –  2012

 

The Bois de Vincennes, formerly Vilcena, is a vestige of the ancient forest belt which surrounded Lutetia. Located in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, it is the largest green space in Paris, with an area of 995 hectares including 450 hectares of forest. To protect its biodiversity, a charter was signed in 2003 for sustainable wood development. The diversity of ecological environments plays an essential role in its biodiversity, the forest remaining the first of these. There are mainly oaks, maples and pines, but also plenty of hornbeam, birch, chestnut, beech and lime trees. The presence of old cavity trees constitute refuge areas for certain species more sensitive to human presence.

Analog photography – Large format 4x5 camera,
Inkjet print - Fine Art Agave 290g paper
Format 40x50cm, 70x90cm, 110x133cm - Edition
of 9 copies

La Gomera –  2016

 

The island of La Gomera is home to one of the last rainforests in the Canary Islands. Although the island is arid in nature, the Garajonay National Park, listed as a UNESCO heritage site, is on the other hand covered in lush vegetation draped in mist and enjoying a stable temperature all year round. . These fogs are essential for the forest because they produce the condensed water vapor necessary and vital for the survival of this lush green environment. The creation of vast integral reserves prohibited to visitors as well as extractive activities is almost unique in the laurel forests of the Canary Islands. The forest has a great diversity of plant species, often drowned in a sea of fog which gives this forest a magical appearance.

Analog photography – Large format 4x5 camera,
Inkjet print - Fine Art Agave 290g paper
Format 40x50cm, 70x90cm, 110x133cm - Edition of 9 copies

Fontainebleau - 2016 / 2023

 

The Fontainebleau Forest, formerly called the Bière forest (derived from heather), is a large wooded area of 25,000 ha. 35 million years ago, the sea took the place of the forest. It deposited sediments around fifty meters thick. The forest floor contains up to 98% sand. This white sand is one of the purest in the world and is used for glassmaking (Murano in Venice), for optical fibers... This sand formed the rocky bars which characterize the forest landscape. The most represented trees are: oaks (45%), Scots pine (40%), beech (10%). The "king's bouquets" characteristic of the forest are oaks whose branches separate from the base. Initially a rare species, the Scots pine has developed since 1830.

Analog photography – Medium format 6x8cm

Inkjet print - Fine Art Agave 290g paper for color photographs

Gelatin silver print – Fine Art Barythé 255g for B&W photographs

Format 30x40cm, 40x50cm, 60x80cm - Edition of 9 copies