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Beginnings
It's a geography teacher that first gave Michelle a Reflex camera whilst leading extracurricular workshops in secondary school. Her initials shots and drawings were so inspiring that her parents bought her her first camera, an Olympus OM1. Later, as an under-graduate, Michelle began studying at the fine arts school « Les Beaux-Arts » following the advice of a professional photographer who thought a technical school might not be so useful. She could then improve her relation with the picture, composition and colors...


The trigger
Whilst working as a dancer and comedian, Michelle set aside photography for a while, though it was never forgotten. It laid waiting in the shadow, never far away. What triggered the desire to get back to it was the book « 1999 » from Frank Horvat that inspired the personal project « A photo a day » that Michelle created in 2008. Every day, Michelle looked around at the daily life, catching a scene, a piece of sky, a story and then, each night, the « picture of the day » would be chosen. The visual aesthetics of dance and dancers as well as a strong sensitivity enabled Michelle to develop the ability to sense, as well as see the beauty in the fleeting moments of everyday life. From the 1st to 31st December a number of pictures were gathered, amongst which friends and professionals found reasons to encourage her to keep working and maintain her focus.


Reflections
That brought naturally to thinking further about pictures everyday life offers to those who can see them and Michelle discovered the surprising universe of puddles and gutters. Rain became a precious friend, creating fleeting mirrors. Capturing light, the gold of photographers, became an enthusiastic quest. The idea was to catch the scene and offer it as it was found, leaving no place for retouche. The magic's all in the shot.

photo reflet sur caniveaux


« Up Looks » series
This series is not about sadness but about a city that reflects in its puddles and gutters which open up a new world on a ground otherwise cold and hard. Water permits a crossing to the other side of the asphalt and is an open door to an elsewhere. If my pictures cause you to reflect on the way you look at things and spark off a few dreams, I consider my job done. I have no other purpose than conveying the poetry of this universe to those crossing my path.

photo reflet sur caniveaux


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