November 24, 2013

K.rine Burckel - Various works

I don't know much about this French photographer except she's born in 1972 and (appears to) live in Paris. Her visual universe is based on B&W portraits of female nude models (and some self-portraits). One of the most appropriate description of her work and most importantly the effect it has on me is a title of one of her pictures called "Le corps est un voyage" (the body is a journey"). A journey through space and time actually. A journey with all the variations of human feelings, from the most intense excitation to the extreme disinterest. If you love Francesca Woodman (but it's only a part of her influences) and the path she opened with her art, you've been surely moved by the Burckel images, in particular the ones I selected above. Her tumblr site here.

November 11, 2013

Vincent Gouriou - Various works

Vincent Gouriou is a (rather) young French photographer whose portraits raise a curious moving melancholy in the viewer's mood. But a strangely happy one since his pictures have a rare sensuality, surely due to the sense of intimacy we share with the model. There's not in his images, the sometimes freezed scenography of supposely so many poetic portraits, even some I have posted on this blog before. Gouriou shows a much greater empathy  with the people than these "makers". I would say, although I'm not particularly found of the psychological specificities of my country, that he has something that French have shown in their history, this ability to thinks larger than his own self. To feel that he belongs not only to humanity, but to each individual of this humanity. I would be better inspired not to try to write about this work with such a poor level of english. What's important is to not forget this name, it's one that deserves to be known worldwide. His site here.