Photo Series in Black and White on the Landscapes of France
The mainland of France is an extraordinary country for landscape photographers. With an area of 550,000 km2, it is smaller than the state of Texas, where we live for most of the year. Yet it presents a multitude of landscapes; ranging from the coastal landscapes bordered by the North Sea, the Channel, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, to mountain landscapes in the Pyrenees, the Alps, the Vosges or the Auvergne; the area is extraordinary.
We think that one lifetime would be insufficient to photograph all the French regions in an artistic way. For example, in an exhibition devoted to Haute-Saintonge in the South of the Charente-Maritime department, we surveyed numerous roads for 7 months. Our result was fifty interesting photographs. At this rate, it would take decades to capture all the nuances and subtleties of the landscapes of France.
It is for this reason that we chose to photograph only certain types of landscapes. First, we chose the coastal landscapes because water is an important element in our photographs. We never forget that we are also underwater photographers. Thus, we photograph the wetlands like the marshes: the Dombes and the Charente-Maritime, for example. Sometimes we allow ourselves some digressions as in Provence. In this case, we like to photograph waterfalls or lakes.
For this photo project and in accordance with our artistic approach, we chose to show the hidden treasures of France. We do not try to photograph the known regions with the iconic sites. Instead, we focus on finding extraordinary sites close to which everyone passes without ever looking at them. We've been doing this for years, and that's why we're taking pictures off the beaten track. During the exhibitions we organized, the spectators were often surprised and often confessed that they rediscovered their territory. For us, it is the most beautiful of the rewards.
For this project devoted to the landscapes of France, we chose black and white to show the richness of the textures, forms.
A black and white photograph immediately displays the point of interest. The viewer’s gaze is guided by geometric shapes, lines, and the contrast between light and dark. These elements will enable the viewer to read the message that the photographer wants to convey. A simpler way of expressing this idea is to say that a black and white photograph can go straight to the point to deliver a key message.
Black and white photography is primarily creative expression because it does not show a true picture of reality, which is in color. A black and white photo has one purpose: to convey the message that the photographer wants to send clearly, without frills.
Black and white is the basic language of a photographer. The elements that he can use to deliver his message are shapes, textures, lines, and perspectives. He returns to the basics of photography. In black and white photography, the photographer reveals raw emotions.
Black and white is a magical creative technique because it is timeless. it is not possible to give an exact date. Black and white is timeless.
For us, black and white became a way to create photographs that will live on through the years and survive changing fashions.
This photo project "Shades of blacks and whites of landscapes of France" will end to create collections of fine art photographs of landscapes.