With this new book, Tropiques, Julien Coquentin further explores his favorite themes of childhood, family, territory and otherness.
It was after a trip to the island of the Reunion that he developed his new series. He had left to work there as a nurse, with his wife and three children, he spent 2 years taking photos and writing texts, considering that photographing and writing are two sides of the same creation.
As he said in an interview: “I think my handwriting looks like my photograph and so it’s possible to confuse them. “This is also the editorial interest of this book: to give the same role to texts (5 short stories, like tales) and images, without one being an illustration of the other. Texts and photographs will therefore be two actors in the same story, each with its own particularities, thus making it possible to say what cannot be photographed and to imagine what cannot be said.
Julien Coquentin lets vibrate, in images where the moisture of the island is almost palpable, the themes of the relationship between man and nature, the intimacy of the family caught on a foreign territory, the difference of the other’s culture …
Julien Coquentin : Tropiques
18 x 24 cm
80 photographs in colors
hard cover with hot stamping
isbn : 978-295604-886-2