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Phantasmagorias

“Photography, long considered the most faithful witness of reality, appears here as an inexhaustible source of phantasmagoria, capable of everything – that is its richness – but incapable of fidelity – that is both its privilege and its limit. ”

Clément Rosset

Photography was not born of nothing. Phantasmagorias, the magic lantern shows of the late Enlightenment, preceded the invention of photography. This will leave a deep imprint. Photography is used to explore backgrounds.

To photograph is to explore the invisible, what is hidden, to summon the imaginary, to play with fantasies. Phantasmagoria and fantasy: these two worlds are not very far apart. The unconscious, invisible if ever there was one, is the little genie that hides in our cameras.

To photograph is to stop time. It is freezing the movement of the world. It is then to make these moments reappear like the ghosts of a chosen double of the world. The photographer is a magician who reveals the real.

The photograph also speaks of the photographer. This series is thus an opportunity to reveal myself a little. Family photos, self-portraits are taken out of the boxes.

Bernard Millot

bm-photo@orange.fr

https://bernardmillot.jimdofree.com/

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