hand plays (modified presence series)

Modified presence series (19 pictures). These images are the fruit of experiments mixing up recent technologies with methods inspired by Méliès or Moholy-Nagy and many others…
Moreover, radiography is not only a scientific discovery. It’s also a cultural invention. Röntgen, like most of the scientists of his time, also used to tinker with things and displayed numerous abilitities. He invented radiography because he used to manipulate negatives –may be has he even made photograms- and he also knew the modus operandi underlying shadows plays. When he undertook is scientific researches on matter, leisure photography was becoming a hobby, more and more influenced by the optical inventions from the XVII, XVII et XIX centuries, and concerning transparency, radiations and projection.
Reconnecting with the spirit that prevailed at the birth of X-ray, I acted as an alchemist to cloud the issues, disturbing the usual perceptive constraints brought about by standardized readings, photography, 3D imaging, etc. Thanks to X-ray, I revealed what these machines usually cannot show, that is to say what brands the opacity of each: shadow, reflection, impression… The purpose, here again, is not simply to create an illusion but to prompt the spectator to question the conventions, beliefs and phantasms which determine and influence his perception

L’usage de la radiographie sur le corps humain à des fins non médicales est interdit, article L1333-11 du code de santé publique, mention ASN