The kiss of La Défense

10 October 2007. Published by Benoît Labourdette.

Series of photographs. An impromptu kiss ... Parisian tradition? And how our gaze transforms it.

One morning in 2007, among the white-collar workers who run to their offices in the towers of the Parisian business district of La Défense, a scene of kissing. The love that comes to light the gray life of city employees.

And this simple picture is modified little by little, in eleven steps, by the look that can manipulate the pixels to the envy today. This series of modified photos is perhaps in the image of the movement of images in our neurons, of the story that is told in us.

Because of the mechanical nature of its technical function, photography is for me a matter of time rather than a visual matter : in its silver salts, or its pixels today, it is time which is captured, preserved, reinvented at every glance. Time of life, time of vision, time of poetry. Painting is the original material of plastic work, which is intimately connected with photography, because it also contains the time of its gesture and its imagination. Artistic installation, the existence in space and time of artistic forms is crucial because it is the way in which the work is modified by (...)