Thursday, June 13, 2013

See the Sea.

Stirring art for a stormy Thursday: French artist Sophie Calle's Voir la Mer is a film and a series of snapshots capturing the reactions of fifteen people seeing the ocean for the first time. On her decision to photograph only her participants' backs: "If I had stood in front of them it would not be the sea that they would see for the first time, but the camera instead. I felt that the back held a lot of emotion anyway, and it was stronger being behind them and watching the sea, like them."


Stills via Kurungabaa. Last two images by Florian Kleinefenn, © Adagp, Paris 2012. Thanks to Jennifer Trail for the introduction.

17 comments:

Rose said...

I love this. I grew up by the ocean, and I still get intense emotions whenever I go visit.

tara said...

That's so cool! While I totally agree with her reasoning on not taking a picture from the front, I selfishly kind of wish I could see their faces :)

sherry said...

how interesting. she is right. through each back, i can feel the emotion inside. very strong. i love this very much. thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

truly amazing.

Shoko said...

Tara, there's a film where you do!

Kerstin said...

I love this. Thank you.

max said...

really lovely.

Shoko said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBoXQKcubLI

little t said...

Beautiful. It's weird how a back shot can portray emotion, but it does.

girlseeksplace said...

I definitely miss living near a body of water. We have a lake in Vegas, but it's kind of yucky.

angela said...

What a beautiful idea, the sea is so wonderful.

Aubrey said...

Wow, this is so powerful. Very cool!

Kate Uhry said...

I love this, I get emotional when I am by the sea, and I grew up by it...very strong.

jacquelyn | lark&linen said...

Wow. I have no words! Truly beautiful

Sue @ SimonsSistaSaw said...

Wonderful! I've been lucky enough to grow up beside the seaside but have many people travelling that haven't. A Canadian friend, Madi, springs to mind. The first time she went to the beach was in Cape Town, South Africa. The first time she swam in the sea was in the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar. What an introduction!

Colbyreport said...

very powerful. this is a great piece. thank you so much for sharing!

juliamkh said...

Living by the sea, I cannot imagine what it's like to see it for the first time (especially as an older person). I would probably never be able to leave.

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