Automobiles with different faces
My passion for automobiles with different faces was born out of the puchase
of my first CitroŽn 2CV, in 1978, as a student in Germany.
I had always loved horses and now I was going a love horsepower.
Car and Camera
The car and the camera have both radically changed the way life is lived and the nature of
one's perception. Both allow to communicate his/her aspirations, to express his/her personality
and to experience freedom, independence and power.
People sometimes ask me if I only photograph cars. In fact, it is very rare that I
take a picture of just the car because it happens to be in a certain environment.
It is not that simple.
The car is only pretext for me; the camera my tool for building humain relations.
I enjoy people, and I share great moments of escapism with these car and mechanic enthusiast.
The love and passion for vintage cars is a way of achieving a better understanding of history
and also a way of becoming better prepared for the future.
The present sits right between the two.
The present moment fixed in the photographique image has already became the history of a symbolic moment.
In this work around antique cars, I try to create an atmosphere detached from our modern day times.
Each encounter is like discovering a moment of history, which is repeating itself with all its
oders, colors and noises. All senses are awakaned when I describe a certain photographic reality
with black and white images, which will then become my reality af that given moment - a trace of memory.
By fixing images, which seem to come from another time, I create a different reality respecting the
authenticity of the events.
The photographique image is somehow the witness of a real moment, felt and recorded with my sensitivity.
However, in fact, it represents much more than a document of a fleeting moment. It becomes for
me an interpretation of bonds and relationships between men/women and their driving machines.
A love story
When I was a student in Germany, I participated in a student exchange program at my university ,
and in 1978 came to France for one semester .
During that time, friends of mine would take me along for picnics in their 2 CV, and in less
than 2 minutes the front and back seats would be pulled out through the car doors, becoming
comfortable lawn chairs.
I was very impressed by this and I began to get interested in 'that' CitroŽn.
When I returned to Germany, the first thing I did was I trade in my blue beelte for a red 2CV.
I bought it from a car dealer who sold American limousines. He apparently was unaware of
the fact that it was standard on those small French cars to have four doors. An option
considered almost a luxery in Germany at that time.
Shortly thereafter, the exhaust clamp on my 2CV became loose and was making a lot of noise.
I took it to a CitroŽn mechanic for it's first minor repair and it cost me pay 50,00 DM .
That was a lot of money and I was furious. From then on, with the help of a friend, I
started doing my own repairs and began to get familiar with the car. Over time grew quite
attachted It became more than a simple means of transportation, it was simply a great
pleasure to drive it , especially while traveling through France exploring and gathering my life.
Being an enthusiast of "straight photography" I photograph with a 35mm cameara
using available light and full framing. This suits my nature best and gives
me great freedom in taking pictures.
I compose my photographs very tightly to set up a certain harmony and a better readability
in the chaos of appearances.
Depending of their usage, I make prints of my images for collectors,
exhibitions and/or printing. The original prints are enlarged manually on silver salt papers.