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L'odeur du buis | The abbey of Jumieges is one of the oldest Benedictine monasteries of Normandy. If there is no trace of the apparent time of its foundation in the seventh century, his visit is a voyage of nine centuries of architecture, the ninth to the seventeenth century. B. Plossu has walked through these ruins and collected images. "Coming so is the park that attracted me, even more than the Abbey. If these beautiful trees, a French garden, but with an English sky, clouds and the sun simultaneously, ideal for photography in black and white is gray! Yes, a walk gray, alleys groves, through pieces of ruins of the Abbey, turn around, do not fall iN the Abbey that quite the end ... "
Exhibition from 15 June to 30 September 2012 at the Abbey of Jumieges.
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L'odeur du buis
l'Abbaye de Jumièges par Bernard Plossu
"With Isabelle Roby, we questioned the specificity of your approach to Jumièges. What struck her, is the fact that you're not gone immediately, as photographers often do, in his heart, c that is to say, in the Abbey, but that you have started circulating around. She rightly said that your work was more involved a walk through the landscape. you Crossed person, or at least you do not seem want to deal with any presence on the site. When you look at your contact sheets, we imagine you shoot while walking, or walking, photographing, and we see that this is the park space that inspires you in first, the monument comes second, in the background. "[...]
[...] "Obviously the sky occupies a large area in your pictures. A sky that, in this case, is gray, but not sealed, so rather neutral and does not constitute an event visually. And what one notices almost immediately, they are the birds going around. I think this is a pattern that you heart: you had me gleefully spoke one day of exposure that you had made in Bordeaux on theme. At Jumieges, one is struck by the presence of these birds that inhabit the monument. It was only natural that you enter the fasses your frame. They appear as punctuation, accents that animate the space of photography. are they carry for you a special meaning? "[...]
Extracts from a correspondence between Bernard Plossu and Gabriel Bauret
Coproducer : Département de Seine-Maritime
Released : June, 14th 2012
Collection : Hors Collection
ISBN 13 : 978-2-35046-247-9
Format : 170 x 230
40 photos duotone