// Jean-Pierre is a photographer based in Nantes, France. In this series he took photos in the Parisian streets using long-term exposure to create artistic images corresponding to his concept of showing the passage of time and the loneliness people can feel in an urban environment.
Jean-Pierre started out as a teenager by doing analog photography in black and white. He developed his own films and images made a few exhibitions locally. His professional career as a biologist in marine aquaculture was fascinating, but very time consuming, and so he only returned seriously to photography after his retirement a few years ago, concentrating mostly on street photography.
In the last few years his work has been exhibited in various exhibitions and has been published in print in books and magazines.
“The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.”
What draws you to the arts?
“I was born into a family that was not particularly passionate about art, however I have always been drawn to music, painting, sculpture and architecture. For me it is fundamental, because it is the best way to uplift your soul and to communicate between humans by banishing the barriers of the language of education and social success. Abstract painting and architecture are very inspiring for me in my photographic art. Music brings me energy, tempo and accompanies if not reinforces my state of mind at the moment.”
What do you like best about your photo art?
“Street photography has been a revelation for me and I go to see many exhibitions and I have many photographic books on this subject, mainly from the French and American schools. I am very drawn to this type of photography because the images of street scenes are unique and non-repeatable. In addition, cities in France but also abroad are fantastic playgrounds for expressing the way we feel the urban city but also the people who make it up. Finally, the street, but also public places of passage such as stations, airports, museums, and subways, allow you to test your creativity by bypassing technical difficulties such as natural or artificial low lights as well as the difficulties of approaching pedestrians and respecting the image rights laws.”
Jean-Pierre called this series of images “chromatic underground vibes”. He took the photos mainly in the Paris metro. His idea was to use long-term exposure to blend the passengers with the immediate environment, which was made up of coloured wall lights and advertising posters. “The slow speed makes it possible to anonymize the people photographed, but also to account for the loneliness of the passenger in large urban centres, as well as to visualize the speed of transport and the passage of time,” he says.
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