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Bernard Larquier


Chabatz d’entrar (Finish entering!)

I have an appointment with a craftsman in his workshop! What stimulates me as a photographer are the days leading up to the appointment, the exhilaration of discovering the character and his environment… I don’t know much about him, his name is Laurent, he’s a locksmith, a specialist in wrought iron, a manufacturer of steelwork, I don’t really know where he works.
My excitement and enthusiasm are redoubled the moment before I step through the door. What will I find? In the minute leading up to my arrival in the room, I let my imagination and fantasies run wild, speculating on the images that will be presented to me.
On the doorstep, I can already anticipate the mood of the studio. I amuse myself by identifying the noises I hear, I strive to recognize the smells that emanate from this very special place, I amuse myself by perceiving the sometimes disquieting silences that my approach provokes. Finish entering!
I like to anticipate this transition between the outside, the public space and the inside, a private and intimate place, unique, personalized, arranged and composed according to need. Workshops fascinate me, often similar in some ways, where I find the materials, machines and tools inherent to ironworking, but I’m always surprised that the sometimes cramped space is so well optimized.
The man who occupies the premises greets me with a smile that reveals pride, contentment at being here, and the pleasure of hosting. Laurent has things to show, things to do. Every piece that leaves his workshop will be unique. Laurent is an artist. What a privilege to spend a few hours in his company!

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