Readers picks #339
Both creating pastel and monochrome compositions, Joséphine Van Glabeke and Louka Perderizet – our readers picks #339 – capture the intimate. The former seizes her daily wanderings, whilst the latter documents his transition.
Joséphine Van Glabeke
“I like to photograph bodies, silences… These are subjects that come up a lot in my series: the relationship to territories, to personal space. I try to recreate dreamy and imaginary worlds, to approach a certain poetry of intimacy,” confides Joséphine Van Glabeke. Inspired by the work of Sally Mann and her moving relationship with her family, the photographer “breaks down the city and landscapes to capture only a fragment of them”. As a fan of analogue, she finds in its practice something tactile, reminiscent of Degas’ paintings and the blurred bodies he depicted. “I like to create layers of matter in my compositions, to question the gaze, to introduce movement into the images with long exposure times, to favour the background, so that it is no longer just a frame, but a subject, and therefore an intrigue,” she explains. In her images, the themes of absence and wandering emerge and disseminate a gentle melancholy. Lonely walks in the streets of an unknown city, ruined buildings, unmade beds full of memories… With tenderness – and pronounced grain – Joséphine Van Glabeke captures a world as nostalgic as it is familiar.
© Joséphine Van Glabeke
Louka Perderizet discovered photography at the age of twelve, imagining dark scenes in abandoned spaces. Since then, the medium has become a way for him to express himself, to “pass on messages and educate people on different subjects”. Garçon assigné fille à la naissance (Boy Assigned Girl at Birth, ed.) and My Love on Film read like two complementary tales, tracing his transition – and his personal relationships, punctuated by these changes – in the manner of a visual journal. In sober black and white, the images reveal a touching intimacy, frozen without artifice. A story delivered to the viewer in all its realism. Letters written by the photographer, his family and his partner enrich the story and provide the necessary testimonies for understanding. “With this project, I wanted to show the parents of transgender children that it isn’t a problem, that they only need support and love”, he says. Even more intimate, My love on film is a true love letter. A literal and figurative exposure, revealing the winding road to self-acceptance. “I wanted to show my love journey, my fears, my dysphoria… I feel like I wasn’t allowed to be in love with someone, as if my “difference” made it an achievement. As if I had overcome the impossible”, confides the photographer. Two projects celebrating difference and tolerance.
© Louka Perderizet
Cover picture: © Louka Perderizet