In the village of his childhood, lived a woman of character, a real character: the great-aunt of Denis Dailleux. Between the photographer and his model, between the old woman and the young man, a unique complicity establishes a serious and funny game, a game that sometimes takes on the appearance of a challenge, a fight. From each image emerges a generous intensity that Denis Dailleux obtains, without artifice, by combining a true emotion with a staging supported by a very sure sense of composition. But these images are as much the creation of the photographer as of his model. Denis Dailleux’s great-aunt was a phenomenon and one wonders which of the two imagined these crazy and hilarious scenes to which she lends herself with the obvious malice that sparkles in her eyes. Under the features of an old woman, it is the mischievousness of a young girl who declines attitudes, states of mind: from the look lost in the vague to the surly air of the shady peasant. But despite these compositions, beyond the game, it is the truth of this woman that imposes itself, the authenticity of a fierce presence that transfigures each portrait and immobilizes us at the sight of it in a vain attempt to grasp its mystery. Denis Dailleux has this rare ability to efface himself before his subjects, but let’s not be fooled, there is someone behind the lens.
23 black and white framed prints
Format: 55 x 55 cm.
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