Franck Hamel, a photographer and author specialising in the culinary world, is exhibiting astonishing photographs in which fruit and vegetables have been posed in the gardens of Saint-Georges Abbey, until 17 September 2023.
Franck Hamel’s work is part of an artistic and philosophical quest that bears witness to his deep attachment to nature. His photographic style is “without artifice” and is limited to two essential ingredients: daylight and the subject. Then there is time. The time of observation, of the search for the ray of light that will caress the plant, of the clear light that will flood the space and finally the time of concretization where the whole will take its aesthetic dimension.
These photographs are taken from a series begun in 2011 devoted to the riches of the land and the sea. The works presented in the exhibition “Inspirations in the vegetable garden” focus on the delicate beauty of the fruits, vegetables and plants of the vegetable garden.
Their photographic capture was not decided in advance, but rather imposed on the artist’s eye as she explores the elegance of these strange creations of nature. Here, a twisted tomato, there a sprouted potato or a pea flower studded with the morning dew. These works are fully in line with the seasonality of the garden and the light inherent in each moment of the day.
Through a play of chiaroscuro, these products of the earth are freed from their simple state of earthly nourishment to become unique works that soothe the spirit. This exhibition by Franck Hamel expresses a deep intimacy with their materials and reveals, in an apparent simplicity, all the beauty and wonder of nature. For him, it is a question of sublimating and highlighting the photogenic nature of the raw and simple matter of our vegetable gardens. Another way of cultivating one’s garden.
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Jardins de l'Abbaye Saint-Georges
12 Rte de l'Abbaye, 76840 Saint-Martin-de-Boscherville
March 17, 2023 to September 17, 2023