Portraits in apnea
Mexico, South-Pacific cost (1995-1998)

On my last photography school year, like everybody else there, I had to choose a project that would connect me with the professional world. All I had in mind at the time was the idea of this trip that would lead me somehow closer to my deep self. Some initiatory journey with no other guide than nature and the people I would meet on the way. Get connected, through actions lived with those met along.
Making photographs would be a tool, a pretext to create the favourable context with others in order to question both the meaning of taking pictures and acting together.
Going back to the ocean, where I grew during my early childhood, but somewhere unknown for me; where language would become secondary and (in)action central. That, was the other idea to make this experience sensible.
Using a 4x5" folding camera and willing to radicalize my approach, the idea of building a box to make underwater photographs came. All this together took me to the 19th century, to the origins of photography and more specifically naturalist and photographer Louis Boutan.
This is where the experiment begun.

My last photography school year would be an initiatory journey in Mexico, making underwater portraits of fishermen, in apnea, one picture at a time...

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