In the darkest corner of their caves, our ancestors once painted the powerful animals that filled their dreams and the hypnotic trances induced by shamans. People have had a special bond with pictures since the beginning of time, and the role of images has evolved over centuries and in different civilizations. They have nevertheless retained a symbolic dimension, as can be seen from the Lascaux caves to religious edifices and paintings by old masters. Artistic trends derived from, preceded or followed by literary movements, changed at a rapid pace until the invention of photography, which redefined our vision of the world. Considered at first a “minor art” due to its mechanical approach and carbon-copy reality, in less than a century it nevertheless conquered the world. Yet, popularity has its downside: photographs are so common today that artists face a real challenge when they decide to express themselves through that medium. The Pools of Emotions series is inspired by fountains and autumn leaves. As the leaves swirl, drift and sink, for a fraction of a second they provide a glimpse of the inner landscape of our subconscious minds. These works don’t depict the real world viewed by an “eye that can see”, but reflect the hidden recesses in which our emotions are processed. In a world of digital supremacy, these unaltered photographs are blatant proof that there is no need for special effects when one wants to depict this inner vision shared by us all.
Here are a few pictures. Please refer to http://mpteuler.com/exhibition/ for the full “Pools of Emotions”series.