Laurent Chéhère series ‘Flying Houses‘ is inspired by a poetic vision of old Paris, mainly by its poor and cosmopolitan neighborhoods. The author isolates these buildings of their urban context and releases them from the anonymity of the street to tell the life, the dreams and the hopes of these inhabitants.He gives some keys, but these flying houses remain open to the interpretation, it’s finally the observer who will make his own way.
“Combining an archaic photographic technique with objects that are part and parcel of contemporary life and modern consumer society, Swiss artistic duo put them in a rose-pink color of varying degrees of transparency, each boasting an aura of its own. While present in the traces, indeed almost tangible marks, they leave on the paper, they are at the same time absent, slowly fading away in the manner of an afterimage behind closed eyelids.” Martin Gasser Curator / Swiss Foundation for Photography, 2003
French photographer Charles Pétillon uses balloons to materialize his ideas of unseen, unsaid, missed, forgotten in a poetic way. He builds in situ installations made of white balloons in places all around the world ranging from Calais and Dover beaches to the streets of Shanghai or to the black slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily. He creates a unique relationship between the ephemeral aspect of the installation and the photograph, which is the only testimony of something that does not exist anymore.