Beneath the white snow, the warm breath of the black Etna …. While the obvious beauty of the world is displayed in Bernard Descamps’ stripped-down photographs, there is also an obvious desire to show its complexity and ambivalence through the use of a photographic form that gives great prominence to the fragment, drawing from the oriental philosophy of non-duality the strength of a free vision of the world. He develops a visual music that is capable of adapting itself to the lyrical outbursts of the soul.
This constant attempt to question what is seen goes hand in hand with a gaze that is more of a seer than a voyeur, capable of revealing the mysteries of the world. In this respect, Bernard Descamps’ photographs possess a kind of lyrical quality. The photographer claims to travel both in the world and in himself.
Rather than freezing the imagination in a blissful admiration of the sublime and the otherworldly, Bernard Descamps opens back doors and harmoniously brings together cultures that are far removed from each other, allowing him to express his emotions. We can see in him a gaze that vibrates in his discovery of the world when he freezes on an image before taking up the thread of his life and his journey.
Heritage curator, in charge of the contemporary photography collection at the Department of Prints and Photography of the Bibliothèque nationale de France