This latest project addresses the contemporary environmental issue of plastic waste widely spread all over the world. Vietnam is unfortunately no exception to this crucial problem of our time.
These single flips-flops have been patiently collected around the town of Hoi An, where they have always been individually abandoned by their owners on the roadside or along rice fields. Not a single pair of flips flops was found together.
But beyond the environmental issue, this series talks as well about identitiy by adopting the codes of identity photography (frontal photography, plain background) and by highlighting these colourful accessories in order to reveal all their individuality. This series talks about their owners, the inhabitants of Hoi An, without showing them, in a visual ellipsis. The mystery remains thus total because no one will ever know the story of their life.
This series presents architectural toys alongside portraits of children and offers an unorthodox vision of the world of childhood, far from the usual watered-down shots. If this world is generally portrayed as bathed in innocence and candor, here it is a much darker facet that surfaces. Indeed, the faces are detached from the rest of their body, the eyes disturbing or downright absent. As for the architectures, seeming to emanate from a deep night, they assume strange hues. These images explore the tenuous boundary between real and imaginary worlds. They reflect a dreamlike world or rather a nightmarish one, as it may seem oppressive, even violent. This work is due to the experimental use of the scanner which can work as a projection screen of our own phantasmagoria, ranging from childish reveries to the most unconfessed nightmares.
These portraits of sleepers were taken on the streets of down town Saigon which is a real urban jungle for any outsider. The noise generated by dense traffic and construction sites doesn’t seem to fit with the idea of relaxation or resting. Ironically, these men and women, openly exposed to anybody, sleep while the urban environment is anything but calm. They litterally blend into the landscape and nobody seems to notice them.
Globalization has arrived to Switzerland which benefits from the input of its migrants to renew its population. More than one third of all marriages now take place between Swiss people and holders of other nationalities. This series highlights this relatively new societal fact. All portraits were taken at the homes of the people photographed where a real connection about everyone’s personal history could occur.