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Jacques Yvergniaux


Foreshore: What the sea sends back to us

My eye is always drawn to objects that are out of place. When walking in nature it is almost impossible not to see some trash lying around. This series pays particular attention to the foreshores, where the sea leaves its mark every day.
The strip of coastline which is exposed at low tide and covered when the sea rises, collects seaweed, shells, debris of all kinds and also piles of objects resulting from human activity every day. These are what interest me. They witness the casualness of certain people who throw their trash, their used or broken objects, anywhere. Part of it ends up in the sea, then brought back to the coast with the tide. As I walk on the foreshore, I try to spot these objects that are out of place. They were abandoned somewhere instead of ending their lives in a selective sorting bin. When I spot one, before touching it, I take a photo of the object as it is in its location, where the sea has deposited it.
If the object is of particular interest, I pick it up and head to the studio. I photograph him again out of his environment. After having roughly cleaned it, I place it under the lights to make a still life.
This collection of photographs grows as I go out on the foreshores. I can now group them together and compose large-scale frescoes.
This photographic work should be able to raise awareness among citizens to no longer throw away, but to repair and recycle.

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