For its second edition, the photography festival held at the Chaumont-sur-Loire estate is calling on experimenters. From Juliette Agnel and her “ice doors” to the astonishing paintings of the Finnish Santeri Tuori, the work of ” Image adventurers ” as the curator of the exhibition and director of the estate Chantal Colleu-Dumond tells.
Juliette Agnel: between ice and sky
The work presented is a walk through Juliette Agnel’s travels. The photographer went to Greenland to immortalise the icebergs that are melting. She brought back some elegant pictures in which a “door of ice” is drawn through a bluish or orange hue. In a second part, she exposes starry skies that she took in the Moroccan desert. Sublime compositions mixing rocks and heavens, infinitely large and small, milky way on a dark cloth shining with a thousand lights. Juliette Agnel likes the extremes: in Greenland it was -30 ° C and in Morocco, 40 ° C.
Alex MacLean: castles seen from the sky
Valençay, Azay-le-Rideau, Villandry, Amboise … the American photographer Alex MacLean captured images of the Loire castles with the idea of breaking traditional cliché. We will especially remember his views of the castle of Chambord where the turrets make amazing forests that are lost in the sky. We will also appreciate the images of Chaumont-sur-Loire and those of Chenonceau, with beautiful reflections captured by the eye of the photographer.
Santeri Tuori: the plant palimpsest
The Finnish photographer traveled for over twelve years on a small island between Sweden and Finland, Kökar. He began to photograph nature and made surprising compositions. Santeri Tuori superimposes photographs in a kind of palimpsest where the vegetation of the island is highlighted. Emerging blooms give the feeling of the luxuriance of nature and offer an imaginative landscape conducive to meditation.
Davide Quayola: landscapes 2.0
The Italian artist has a unique and new process, an ultra-precise laser 3D scanner. With this camera, he finely analyses landscapes and brings out amazing images. The scanner does not capture colors, but geographical points. Thus, we are given to see the spectrum of a tree that is formed through the computer. A tension between figuration and abstraction that will surprise the visitor.
Robert Charles Mann: the life of the sun
The photographer has placed twelve pinhole cameras in the area of Chaumont-sur-Loire from the winter solstice to the summer solstice. For six months, the image captured the rays of the setting sun. At the end of 180 days, Robert Charles Mann immediately scanned the photo paper that had captured elegant pallets of color. They look like old-fashioned rainbows, the whirlwind of days marked by the passage of time.
November 19, 2017 to February 28, 2018
Regional Domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire