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NAIROBI - François Schaer


ORDOS (CHINA) - Adrien Golinelli


JOURS BLANCS - François Schaer

My work is far from condemning the degradation of the mountains. Jours Blancs also looks behind the scenes at the now familiar cast of actors who ensure the maintenance of the transformation of the mountains: ratrak drivers, lift attendants, patrols, snow scientists, ski instructors, etc. I set out to meet these workers and to take unadorned portraits of them which have revealed unexpected insights related to mountain occupations in winter. As for the skiers themselves, they are not shown as individuals but as part of a play on scale which suggests that, even when domesticated, mountains still clearly dominate us.

Choosing to photograph only on days of white-out allows us to move into another dimension, theatrical, a bit like at the end of a performance after the curtain has fallen. The presence of objects on the ski runs seems immutable, set against a decor where a uniform white glow envelopes the skiers and lightens them; ski-ing becomes a surrealistic tale.
Jours Blancs can be seen as my shadow brochure of winter sports.

The photographs were taken in the Swiss Alps between 2011 and 2013.


BALI - Julien Gregorio


BHUTAN - Adrien Golinelli

Yet, there exists a country with an identical name. More a giant construction site than a country, with an incessantly bloating capital, each and every river shackled by giant dams, it is a land carved into pieces by roads and quarries. This country was once the poorest in Asia. But to hide its rags, the concept of a Gross National Happiness was proposed, cannily replacing the near-inexistent GDP.
Bhutan has since morphed into a modern economy where business is now condicted as elsewhere. Gross National Hapiness has become an excellent merketing tool, worked to its maximum to attract luxury tourism, limiting its visitors to only the most wealthy, exactly those who believe themselves to be entering into the Bhutan of story tales.
The true Bhutan has one foot in the Middle Ages and one foot in globalisation. It is indeed a country of storytales, but those of Brothers Grimm, still believed to be home to rumoured sourcerers where the high clergy dines on the minute savings of the people. All excuses go to collect donations, even a salute to the spirit of dead animals !
Next to the tourists blinded by their pipedreams, the Bhutanese appear to be emerging from a dark age : vamoires, werewolves, pixies, elves and dwarfs ; a hagged and earthly people. Ambiguous creatures, at once close and strange, existing in a entre-temps surreal.