Arnaud Teicher (b. 1985) lives and works in the South of France. Arnaud seeks a complex balance between a graphic designer activity and a photographic practice. First urban, it gradually moved closer to isolated areas in order to spend time to explore the landscape. This practice now allows him to develop a photographic corpus about the territory.
The first time I came to California I was only 10 years old, and since then I have kept magical memories of incredible landscapes—the mountains, deserts, sea. Even then it was obvious that someday I would come back to this mythical western land. In the years since my love for photography has led me discover the work of such American photographers as Stephen Shore, Jeff Brouws, Joel Sternfeld… all off which made my desire for America and California grow even bigger.
It wasn’t until 2016 that I made my returned to this land.
Filled with expectation and excitement, the journey was a great revelation. I rode through the great national parks like Yosemite, and the scenery was beautiful, but there were a lot of people—a lot of tourists, a lot of noise. It is finally in the small towns, in the dirt streets of Lone Pine, in the footsteps of the Ojai’s farmers, in old gas station of Kramer Junction, across Highway 395 listening Johnny Cash, that I found the answer to why a young French kid would continue to admire this foreign land. It’s the spirit of freedom, ingrained in this land, where everything seems possible.
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