In his book Berlin Childhood Around 1900, Walter Benjamin writes that in order to know the melancholy of a city you must have been a child there, and adds: “Do not find your way in a city. It does not mean much. But wandering in a city like you would in a forest requires an entire education”.
Wandering your own city’s streets in order to meet Photography, preferably not of the mundane or syrupy kind…But rather, more intimate Photography, linked to childhood memories, and relying on analogies. The idea here is not about showing the city itself, but to capture its humanity through the details, with an ironic outlook, even desperate at times…And, therefore, melancholic.
We’re still rooted in reality, more than ever, but the view is more expressive, sensual. Here we are in the fortuitous encounter of the Photographer and the apparition of Photography— an epiphany. One can ask himself, as does Garry Winogrand:
“It’s not about the thing photographed. It is about how that thing looks photographed.”
As if each image was telling its own story. The most interesting thing to me in the act of photographing is that it is totally related to contingency, which is what I find makes it most unique.
Philippe Taris, June 2018