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Joanne Widart – Sur un air de Rachmaninov

My series « Sur un air de Rachmaninov » focuses on the connection between music and photography.
Music is often written for visual medium such as cinema. I wanted to try the opposite approach and extend it to photography in order to show what would happen if I created a photo series based on a piano concerto.
The structure and the emotions I try to create and present with this series are based on my favorite piano concerto, the 3rd  piano concerto from Rachmaninov. The cinematic mood is mainly inspired by the fashion work of Edward Steichen, and to a lesser extent by the work of Guy Bourdin, Helmut Newton and Brassaï.
The 3rd piano concerto from Rachmaninov offers a wide range of emotions, and each image expresses the emotions I feel for a selection of musical moments that resonates with me and that drives me to create these images.
I looked for true emotions that once staged allow a real connection with the audience. I try to interpret the emotions generated by the musical language in order to show the close connection between these two different mediums.

In the 1930s, pregnancy was not as popular as today. Pregnant women used corsets to hide their pregnancy. It was only in 1952 that a pregnant actress played a role in a series (I love Lucy). The reason why I did not highlight the pregnancy in this series with poses that highlight the curves comes from the evolution of the point of view on pregnancy in the history. It is a wayof emphasizing this evolution and a way of honoring the Pregnant Woman in a part of our history that tried to hide this state.

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