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Chromatic Pulse – Photography by Eric Bascoul
May 17, 2013
Recently I was lucky enough to find myself in Paris and went along to an exhibition by French photographer Eric Bascoul with a friend who had been invited by him at a previous meeting. The exhibition is the result of the artist winning a competition, he has been given the use of the Centre Des Arts Holistiques on Rue Paradis, in which to showcase his recent work. The environment was very relaxed and informal (we took our shoes off upon entry!) and the man himself – Eric Bascoul, was wandering around telling people about his interests and experiences, which produced a welcoming vibe.
Bascoul’s style is very simple, modern and fresh, using local people and places as inspiration for his pieces. In his photographs such as my personal favourite, ‘Flux’, he uses bright injections of colour and blurring techniques to make mundane, everyday occurrences like using an escalator, riding a bike or jumping on a train, appear interesting and beautiful. He makes a point of not individualising the subjects that appear, by taking their picture from behind or blurring out their faces. Rather than for issues of privacy, he commented that this was to stress the anonymity of the public to observers and also produces a more natural result, as when using a subway for example; it is only the back of people that a person sees.
Another of his projects focuses on the reflections of things and people created in puddles and areas of water in the city. He joked that he was very lucky with the success of these, as he had a limited number of shots available due to his battery pack freezing in the -15 degree temperatures that he worked in!
Drawing a conclusion on his work from these two examples, it could be assumed that all of Bascoul’s photographs appear rather abstract and obscure, but that is not to say that that is the case for his entire portfolio. His piece entitled ‘Fata Morgana’ is more impressionistic in style, and shows a man viewing a bridge from the riverbank.
Upon chatting with him about his methods, Eric said that he doesn’t look through the lens whilst taking his photos as it gives his work a freedom that wouldn’t be achieved if he were trying too hard to get the perfect shot.
The photographer, who is from South-West France originally, has recently been awarded a prize by Nike and the magazine ‘Photo’ for his work, meaning collaborations with French publication ‘Liberation’ as well as ‘Cosmopolitan’ are currently in the pipeline. All of the pictures portrayed here are available to view in collections at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
Words by Sophia Miles
The Chromatic Pulse exhibition continues until June 21st at the Centre des Arts Holisitques, 48 rue de Paradis 75010, in Paris. For more information go to – centredesartsholistiques.com