Serie “The Study of Solitude”
“The impulse of creation begins, often in a terrifying way, in a tunnel of silence,” writes Adrienne Rich.
The last artistic creation of Vincent Bousserez is born from a necessity, a need: to confront himself. Man facing the man. Man in the face of nature Man facing his loneliness.
Shoot away in the far north, magnetized by this region for years. Yes, but the artist did not want to simply bring back images where the spectator gets lost in understanding where he is.
Vincent Bousserez wanted to experience this time a real loss of bearings, tangible and lose himself. For this, it was necessary for him to undertake a journey in extreme conditions.
36 hours. A trip to a totally deserted area of the Arctic Circle. A sleepless night, alone, in a totally surreal place, constrained by the beam of his headlamp, like the cyclops’ monocular gaze.
Departure from Paris at dawn. A first plane for the Finnish capital. A second for the extreme north-east of the country. The night. 100 km of frozen trails in 4 × 4. A 3 hour snowshoe hike to a place where no one has ever spent the night. A sleepless night in the heart of a forest literally frozen by -30° C.
A real danger and solitude for a pure creation. The time of a few hours, the experience of freedom, intensity, immensity and nevertheless the microcosm.
In the end, 8 magical photos that highlight the fundamental issues of Vincent Bousserez: the relationship of man to nature, the relationship to solitude, and the place of the individual in this immensity.
Virginia Woolf, referring to the infinite creation born of loneliness, writes:
“If I could capture this feeling, I would, this real awareness of the reality of our world, when we feel total solitude, in silence, far from civilization … Everything is possible and therefore, life is authentic. But does all this really support my words? I realize that I myself have never managed to touch the absolute emptiness. ”