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This series was shown in an exhibition ”Through fields, along the shorelines”
Drawings by Jeannie Lucas, photographs by Samuel Guille
”Par les champs, par les grèves ( journey through French Britany ) is a travel narrative written by Gustave Flaubert and Maxime Du Camp, written in 1847 and published between 1852 and 1881. A book written by two friends and composed of twelve chapters, Du Camp wrote the even ones and Flaubert the odd ones. On Flaubert’s point of view, this trip was ”a really nice tour”. Backpack and shod shoes on, they have gone 160 miles in sometimes hard weather. He is very satisfied with his expedition, impressed by the sea, ”fresh air, fields, freedom, I mean true freedom, the one of telling what we want, sharing thoughts aloud, and walk the adventure letting time go by without bothering more about it than the smoke coming out from your pipe.” this quotation beginning Samuel Guille and Jeannie Lucas ‘ exhibition, both of them walk by dunes and seashores for one of them and huge areas of sea and sky sometimes limited by mountains and hills.
Silence is an important part of their works, reflections and choices , why this point of view more than this other one, why this part of the landscape and not the other one, why this drawing , this graph and not an other, each of them underlining the essential part of their open-field imaginations, the technical part of their means of expression photography on one side, ink and pen scratching or caressing the paper. The sound made by their technics and instruments opposed by the silence of nature. Luc Bisson quotes a prosopopoeia from a talk between Plotinus and his disciples, if someone asked why nature produces and if she accepts listening to the question, Nature would answer : You should not ask questions but understand silently by yourself … Understand what ? ” Understand that what is coming out is the result of what I see, silent, it is the result of a kind of contemplation naturally created, and that I, born from such a contemplation, am naturally inclined to love contemplation. And what inside me contemplates, produces the result of my contemplation…”
*Luc Brisson : Philosopher, research director at the CNRS, Paris-Villejuif in “Silences”, éd. Prétentaine, avril 2018
*Prosopopoeia : rhetorical form when speaker or the writer makes an unanimated being, an animal, an object or a missing character, speak and act.
Plotin, in greek Πλωτῖνος, in latin Plotinus (205 – 270 apr. J.-C.)
These photographs play with horizontal and vertical lines, with the horizon : the limits of the sky, the sea and the land; uncatchable parallels becoming tangent when they touch the seashore buildings …