In the childhood village of Denis Dailleux, in Anjou, lived a woman of character, a true character of a novel: Juliette, her great-aunt, who died in 2017 at the age of 100. Between the photographer and his model, between the old woman and the young man, a unique complicity has created for more than 15 years a serious and funny game, a mixture of seduction, bitterness and malice.
Like a model, Juliette accepts Denis’ staging, which takes advantage of the farm’s setting, plays with objects and plants. Over the years, the photographs have become more daring and reveal an unexpected personality that seems to blossom under the lens.
Through Juliette’s portraits, magnificent in their accuracy, the reality of a modest and precarious rural world also appears, with its social codes and values, where harshness sometimes prevails over wisdom. With her strong character and her refusal of what to say, Juliette is a resistant person, driven by her intuition and sensitive intelligence. From then on, the act of photographing becomes a tribute to a modest but vibrant existence of humanity.