At once fearful and exalted, the traveller enters the town as warily as a cat in an unknown terrain.
This sentence by Julio Cortazar describes well my photographic approach. I am on the road, in the countryside or in town, heart and eyes wide open, looking to meet that stranger, my fellow human being. I like to let time slip by on humanist walks, in search of those syncopations, those instant shots whose white veil will perhaps reveal the invisible, a fragile osmosis between what is and what I am. Just look! – Philippe Gabel
Philippe Gabel is a self-taught photographer, a Parisian and a traveller. He spends his time between Paris and the Morvan in Burgundy. He has developed an approach to photography centred on people, whom he likes to place in settings photographed as social theatre. From individuals in Paris streets (Les silences de la rue, exhibited at the Théatre du Soleil in Paris and at the European Parliament in Strasbourg in 2008), to those in a Marrakech passageway (Passages, 2005, exhibition planned). He is currently working on a series of « natural characters » (trees, rocks, ponds…) which populate the forests around Vézelay (exhibition and book planned). His work V’là aut’chose !… Amours bizarres… Portraits de vide-greniers was shown in 2010 at the Maison Jules Roy in Vézelay, the Espace Beaurepaire in Paris (2010), the Galerie St Germain (2012) and on Fårö Island in Sweden (2012), accompanied by a book, Vide-Greniers, published by Créaphis.
Philippe Gabel’s exhibition, Après-demain, demain sera hier, already postponed twice, will be held at Mind’s Eye / Galerie Adrian Bondy as soon as the sanitary situation allows.
Mind’s Eye / Galerie Adrian Bondy
221 rue Saint-Jacques