Cities of the Immortals


medium: large format analog photography, 8x10 inch view camera
exhibition : Guangdong Museum of Art, China · 2007
curator: Jean Loh

Trans-Siberian, Trans-Tibetan (2006-2008)

“…This eternal snowscape gliding by was mythical and impossible, but there it was in front of me. In this space of nothingness, cities appeared at night like diamonds imbedded inside velvet blue mountains, factories sprawled along a snow desert stood like castles from another time, water towers or château d’eau1 as I prefer to call them, stood proud and solitary like watch towers, even when I could not discern any other village or life, there was somewhere in this infinite land people living their individual existence. These lands with names of cities written in languages unknown to me: Perm-Ekaterinaburg-Novosibirsk-Irkutsk-Baikal-UlanUday-Ulaanbaatar-Erlian-Huhehot...all have been shaped, inhabited, deserted and scarred by man…” - DL

(1) château d’eau - water tower in French


Transsibérien, Transtibétain (2006-2008)

« …Paysages sans fin, mythiques et improbables, cependant bien réels. Dans ces espaces vacants, les cités émergeaient de la nuit telles des diamants incrustés dans les montagnes bleu-velours ; les usines s’égrenaient le long d’un désert de neige telles des châteaux d’une époque révolue ; les châteaux d’eau se dressaient fiers et solitaires telles des tours de guet. Des bâtiments à l’abandon se succédaient avec une régularité inquiétante, gisant parfois, avec la splendeur d’une cathédrale, comme des dinosaures éventrés… » - DL

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