Three years ago A Certain Lightness was born from the need to provide some kind of answer to the gruesome events that had taken place in Paris.It grew and developed from the felt urgency of needing to remain enchanted by the beauty of things, the beauty of the world.
A Certain Lightness is also an artistic and aesthetic exploration that delves beyond the realm of photography. It is the expression of a happy alchemy in which majestic still-lifes are set against eerie, almost dreamlike landscapes, in a fleeting and fragile time frame that unveils the almost uncanny perfection of the moment.
Great emphasis was put on the process of arriving at this alchemy. The fruits of a long process, the photographic prints were made from negatives enlarged by hand, with the help of Imaginoir, a laboratory that specializes in analogic photography.
The use of this process enabled us to anchor this series in a timeless dimension verging on the universal. Starting from a personal and introspective body of work, the Bobby Buddy duo conducts viewers on a sentimental journey through their own feelings.
In the final analysis, everything is a matter of emotion. Bobby Buddy invite their audience, with grace and elegance, to experience a delicious feeling of lightness, immersing them in the poetic contemplation of landscapes in order to better lose themselves in the infinity of the horizon. There is also a voluptuous sensuality in their approach to form and color in the still-lifes, which encourage the loss of self-awareness in the immensity of nuance.
Bobby Buddy’s journey is one that allows us to find the time to breathe again, to be moved by beautiful things simply because the emotions they provoke remind us, in the words of Fernando Pesoa, that “what we see is not about what we see but about what we are.”. (Fernando Pessoa)
Bobby Buddy is a duo of French photographers based in Paris. They have known each other since high school. In those days they would spend entire nights tinkering with the enlarger, skipping philosophy classes in order to experiment with photography.
For a while, afterwards, each of them went their own way in the world of images but they kept in touch, exchanging ideas about their experiments with the medium.
In January 2015 they decided to create B B whose main focus was intended to be analogical photography .The duo worked on maintaining the very essence of photography and on reconciling the aesthetics of the portrait, fashion design and a more plastic approach to photography.
Each of them brings their own vision and ideas to the project so as to create a single entity. They experiment with photography and distort films. From their mistakes they bring to life new concepts and aesthetic forms/shapes which develop into dreamscapes, triggering emotion.
Besides the selection of works exhibited here, both contribute, on a regular basis, to the editorials of various magazines, which provides an opportunity for them to venture into new experiments with photography and enables them to further develop their creative skills.