The Miz Du covers the forfeiture announced, all the dead look alike, they wear gray, translucent skin, nails and hair are still growing slightly, liquids flee, stiffness is essential.
Michel Monteaux’s inanimate objects do not need an embalmer to recover their colors. The aesthetically pleasing soul is trapped in the photographer’s gaze. Despised things of the products of human industry, their silent and tiny lives reinforce the spiritual allusion of a poetic emotion.
No possibility of love in the face of inanimate objects, just a sidelong glance, a discovery by surprise. Elegant posture of the trace that man and nature leave by defying time at the work of disappearance.
Common invisibles reappear in the sensitive world of photography. We encountered this sheet, this plastic, this crushed insect, this bird’s wing that the pilgrim left from his lunch, perhaps dropped into it, eagerly cleaned. No longer seeing what is disturbing, what is crawling in our trash cans, incinerating them relentlessly, discarding them at all times to keep our environment sanitized.
In the presentation of these still lifes, the photographer invites us to another discovery of what defines us in hollow.
“But what was I thinking before losing myself watching” Fernando Pessoa
Martine Chapin, November 2022
Michel Monteaux : Matter Matters
Until January 7, 2023
La Chambre Claire de Douarnenez
6 rue Voltaire