▲ Inhabit ▲
After twenty years in the same apartment, moving in my new living place made me question the relationship between man and his nearest environment: his home. We live between walls, but they inhabit us back; they contribute to building our identity. Moving indeed unsettles a whole way of life. I thus photographed this interaction between man and home through self-portraits in which the body plays with the flat’s lights and lines. The inhabitant then seems to be looking for her place and seeking a lost stability. She’s shy at first – not master of the house yet. The body twists or aligns itself to extend the surrounding shapes. The triangular shapes consequently aim at following this progression: first tight and unbalanced, the triangles stabilize themselves to become steady and regular, as the character domesticates the place.
I notably became interested in this issue looking at my previous photographic works. Indeed, I grew up in an old apartment, between retro wooden floor, moldings and tapestries. At the same time, I developed a rather melancholic and romantic photographic style, in harmony with this place’s mood. As a result, I’ve always wondered to which extent this environment had influenced my creations as well as my imagination. Had I grown up in a contemporary designed house, would I have produced the same pictures?