Charles Bouchaib | Tours, France

Short bio:
Initially, it is the journey or the loitering that allows me to enjoy a form of naivety. This enables me to capture a distinct reality, to increase acuteness of eye. I use this form of state-perception as soon as I take pictures. This is an intuitive process where I aim to capture an attractive and aesthetic emotion. It can be handsome, weird or astounding.

Why do you photograph on film?
I prefer film because the connection with the real is direct with this proceed, it’s a good method to limit shots. I’m more satisfied with its aesthetic and uniqueness. Film better transcribes what the eye is able to grasp. Working with film allows me to reach a more measured and langourous rythm. The feeling of printing an image on a physical medium is more organic and human.

What is your work about?
My project is built around a dialectic between the rational and the sensitive. Raw nature inspires me. Without trying to celebrate it, I want to make pictures where it appears beautiful or threatening. Mutations in small and large scales generated by globalization and standardization interest me because they go beyond us, but concern us. Without addressing them directly, these issues fuel my reflections. Sometimes, this leads me to try to identify the symbols of a crippled urbanism.

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