Dutch artists Ning Kai and Sabrina Scarpa are partners both at work and in life. The two artists photograph the landscape around them. “We are better together – we capture the beauty of moments in life”, they tell us. Immersed in green nature, they develop, with great sensitivity, a language of their own, where the elements become tactile and textured. The water in a stream, the graphic lines of a dark branch contrasting with the blue of the sky, the glittering reflection of the sun on the sea… In their images, wilderness becomes a subject in its own right – a model, a muse they cannot help but capture from every angle. “We aim to convey the spirit of the natural world through a feeling of awakening and enlightenment. Our influences? There are many… But above all, Asian art, modernism and impressionism”, they explain. An immersion in a luxuriant universe, where the human presence – although always there – fades away to better celebrate our planet’s breathtaking beauty.
© Ning Kai and Sabrina Scarpa
Alban Champion, a 20-year-old light and camera operator, has been in love “with the feelings that images, when mixed with sound and a story, can provoke” since his childhood. It was during a trip to Canada that the young artist began shooting his friends with a disposable Kodak. “From that moment on, I understood the power of photography, the power of capturing moments. I then turned to film to better understand the technical aspects of the medium”, he recalls. In black and white, Alban Champion allows himself to be submerged by music – The Smiths, The Cure, Joy Division and Indochine, especially – to create delicate bodies of work, where blurry scenes and fragility dominate. “Monochromy was a real revelation for me. It’s the rendering that suits me best. It brings out visual sensations that I couldn’t find in colour work. It is a visual language translating something hidden deep inside me, through which I can tell melancholic, cold and nostalgic stories”, he explains. By multiplying formats and playing with edits, the photographer manages to create tales with luminous shadows and expressionist grain.
© Alban Champion
Cover picture: © Ning Kai and Sabrina Scarpa