FRAGMENTING THE (UN)REAL!
“To see the world as it really is, one has to dream it first”. It is with this quote by French philosopher Gaston Bachelard that Thomas Paquet introduces his work. An invitation to daydreaming, a journey to the unknown, a poetic play of light.
How can we trace the excitement of life in matter back to its origins? How can we represent what surpasses and contains us, without us seeing its contours? How to distinguish what lives and what does not?
Wether mystical or scientific, photography is a construction game, playing with our senses to depict an experience of the world. A play on perceptions and interpretations, a journey whose finality leaves the reflexion floating in front of a world that is sometimes impalpable.
By exploiting our beliefs and representations of the world, thwarting scale relationships and image making protocols, Thomas Paquet arouses our curiosity for the immensity of the universe and tries to reveal to the spectator the emotion that comes from the evocation of a familiar form.
Using traditional processes (Polaroid, enlarger printing, bichromate gum, collodion), Thomas Paquet keeps an artisanal approach to photography. He works with matter, takes his time and challenges the speed at which our contemporary societies evolve on a daily basis. Thomas Paquet’s work is not exclusively aiming at fixing a portion of space but focuses on the duration itself.
Born in 1979, Thomas Paquet discovers painting with his grandfather and photography in the studio of his father. After studying mathematics, he will later on join the Icart Photo school. He then experiences photography in fashion, still-life and beauty and signs his first contracts. Beloved of the alternatives photography techniques, he commits to a personal work which leads to experiment the photographic material.
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