Pascal Amoyel is a portrait photographer living and working in Paris, FR. He graduated with a degree is photography from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie (ENSP Arles). He writes on photography and curated two photographic exhibitions at the galerie michèle chomette (Intrusions, 2010 and Entre deux eaux, 2011). He is the co-publisher of the quarterly publication, Montréal-Paris, whose six chapters will form a final book. This book is the result of a photographic collaboration with Thomas Bouquin (Montréal), Montréal-Paris was exhibited last fall at the Cleveland Museum of Art, in DIY : Photographers and Books.
His series L’aphélie (Aphelion), 2012, analyzes the way people inhabit places and how both of them interact. These works attempt to study how, in a given place, nature and human settlement are intertwined through history, how natural characteristics model human habits, and how on the other hand, human activities leave ancient and recent traces in the landscape, changing them into territories filled with signs of human presence.
L’aphélie (Aphelion), 2012
Do you sense the secret, deep meaning of that adventure, when a delicate and pale graduate goes out all alone, through glass doors, from a safe harbour into the immensity of a July night? Will he ever wade through those black marshes, swamps and chasms of the endless night; will he disembark on some morning in a safe port? How many decades will that black Odyssey go on?”
A July Night
This series was realised in the south of France during the few days of July 2012 when the Earth was at its longest distance to the sun.
This appears to be a time of lowest speed in the orbit.
An extract of L’aphélie (Aphelion) will be published in the next issue of Infra-Mince in June—a magazine issued by Actes Sud and the ENSP.