”Dreamy locations such as parks, botanical gardens, bedrooms and the seaside are the backdrops for the subjects of the story…”
One cannot deny that Paul-Armand Gette has a fascination with and weakness for the nymph – in every sense of the word. Since 1970, the now 90 year old French photographer has developed a singular body of work, fed by his scrupulous obsession with two themes: the aforementioned as well as that of landscapes and ideals of nature. Both of which are exquisitely manifested in the hedonistic world Gette has created. A world where divine creatures haunt the most sublime of settings as they swan bewitchingly in amongst their surroundings. For his latest exhibition Cinématographies, one is presented with the opportunity to feast their eyes on these beautiful images Gette has meticulously gathered, a photographic account of his delightful discoveries. When taking a closer look one discovers just how fitting this title actually is, as the captivating narratives at play render an evident cinematic feel.
Dreamy locations such as parks, botanical gardens, bedrooms and the seaside are the backdrops for the subjects of the story – these “nymphs” that tenderly interact with their natural surroundings whether it be carefully picking flowers, collecting treasures in the form of seashells or delighting in the soft caress of the breeze in their hair. It is unsurprising then to discover that Gette has since his childhood had a passion for natural science. This passion prompted him to take studies in botany before undertaking his artistic pursuits and explains his expert gaze on nature and attentive observation of the natural form. It is arguably the way in which Gette mingles with the margins between art and science that is most remarkable. Add a subtle dash of Greek/Roman mythology and you have all the ingredients for the perfect photographic experiment, one which develops simply stunning results.
The exhibition is located at MFC – Michéle Didier in Paris and accompanied by an exquisite publication. It runs until the 24th of June so be sure to catch it while you still can.