This book is a poetic wandering in which one walks through wooded landscapes, naked bodies inside a room, quiet river beds or snowy landscapes evoking bodies.
This very sensitive and sensual work brings landscapes and naked bodies at one.
The Poitevin marsh is the ancient Poitou gulf, the equivalent of the Morbihan gulf, 100 000 hectares overrun by the sea with about twenty chalky islands...
Itâ€™s an area formerly overrun by the Atlantic Ocean at the west, and supply by the SĂ¨vre at the East...
Nowaday, grounds of the dry out swamp are devoted to extensive cultivation, cereals, corn...and wooded parcels of the wet marsh, called the â€śgreen Veniceâ€ť, are just accessible by small boats, bottom flat small boats, manoeuvred with oar, or with a 3 metres long alder pole, through big canals and smaller ones. We find private harbours, and furrows cut across grounds for water evacuation...
Today the economical activity of...
This work on the coralline archipelago of Los Roques, in Venezuela, could have been a simple study on the idyllic beaches, where the opal sea meets the thin sands beaches. But this archipelago has an ecological importance, and the area is classed as a national park since 1972. Then, this report has another dimension and becomes a testify that canâ€™t be ignore about a faun and a flora which need to be preserved.
Bernard Descamps goes in South India, on the trail of Shiva god. â€śThe good, the kind, the one who brings back the lightâ€ť is also the god of destruction and of regeneration. A positive force for Hindu people, but which is difficult to apprehend for a westerners.
Bernard Descamps tries to discover, without prejudgements, the place of Shiva in India: rites, which are addressed to it, its worship on a daily basis.
Bernard Descamps discovers India, and cohabits with pilgrims in the holy sites of Southern India, in the Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, old kingdoms protected from ancient invasions and cultural mixing.
His pictures absorb these holy sites, their stones, the 5 elements of Hinduism, the centuries of prayers...
These pictures are silences removed from time.
ilences shared with praying men and women, with the divinities who inhabit these places.
These pictures don't explain anything. There is nothing to explain. They show few things, the essential isn't visible. They only try to go with an emotion, the one felt by the photographer when he entered for the first time one of these temples, when...
Pygmies, the spirit of the forest, Central African Republic (2000)
Since the dawn of time, pygmy people are masters of the equatorial African forest. Hunter-collector, this civilization of transience represents one of the most beautiful examples of ecological balance that the earth had known.
At a time when their way of life was still one of the most primitive on the earth, pygmy people crossed modern history of Africa, escaping from great cataclysms: slavery, colonisation, and as far as now, Aids epidemic.
Nowadays, their territory is more and more devastated, and trade off between them and â€śbig blackâ€ť people is turning against them, leading them, to an exploited and despised under-proletariat status.
Loosing their culture, they are becoming the...
Fruit of several trips in the Japanese archipelago, this work reflects the photographerâ€™s liking for the lightness and tranquillity specific to the land of the rising sun.
By showing a country both deeply contemporaneous and open to the world as the marks of a centuries-old culture that is present in the landscapes as much as in the residentsâ€™ attitudes, Bernard Descamps expresses his admirations for a Japan where poetry and hunger for modernity are inextricably linked.
H2O. Behind those three signs, itâ€™s an entire material state which appears. A perpetual movement state, which fixes itself under Bernard Descampsâ€™s look. Colours too. From white to blue, passing by the grey: an entire chromatic range that the photographer explores. He makes a story of it, he sculpts the outlines and landscapes.
From his biologist experience, Bernard Descamps seems to keep the love to living things. To a point that he makes, in his pictures, a living experience of the colour of the water.
â€śOnly picturesâ€ť, Bernard Descamps says about the photographs he takes during his trips. â€śRecognizedâ€ť images. â€śMetâ€ť pictures. What does it mean? It means that the photographer hopes to meet on his way some pictures he already has in mind. â€śI travel in order to meet myselfâ€ť, he also says. That is why he does not travel anywhere. He has his favourite places. Bernard Descamps feels good in Africa. Intending to meet landscapes and men, he mixes up with Berbers, Fulani, Bozo people, Pygmy people; the pictures of these men have deeply moved anyone who has looked at them. Thus, for Descamps, the love lies in choices: choices in the distance with the subject, between too far and too close, in the grounds hierarchy inside the picture, in the abstraction level, in the nature of the graphic work he will insert in his picture. He throws the focus off centre, shifts the scene, truncates. Contre-jour, fuzziness, fragmented bodies, stylized realityâ€¦ He does not cobble up reality; he plays with it. Text by: Brigitte Ollier Publisher: Filigranes Editions (2011) 104 pages Size: 240 x 300
Retrospective photo exhibition of Bernard Descamps.
From November 5 to December 5, 2015, with:
- on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 10:30 am: Coffee Images organized by People Images.
- on Thursday, December 3, 2015 from 18h: Presentation of the book: \"Where are our dreams? \"With a foreword by Dominique A, published by Editions Filigranes and evening signature.
â€śThe images I produce do not describe objects or events. They do not have a story to tell. Instead they aspire to reveal tiny fragments of timeâ€ť. This was Bernard Descampsâ€™ inspiration when he travelled to Africa, from Mali to Madagascar, through Sahara desert and then Ethiopia...
Balneaires (Berck-sur-Mer) From 2011-06-18 to 2011-08-29
Bernard Descamps shares with us a special photographic improvisation at la Mediatheque of Opale Sud. His images remind us holidays of a perfect childhood, the sun shining on white houses at the front of the sea in summer...
Bernard Descamps is a deeply humanistic photographer who turned his gaze on people across Africa, Asia, with much modesty as for its natural resting on the wire now and eternity ...
The exhibition "Bernard Descamps" gathered together 35 photos taken during those trips around the world (Madagascar, Vietnam, Iceland ...) and France on the Loire.
Imbued with a melancholy and poetic restraint, this exhibition is a window on the world.