The man at the Transsiberian window
Photo art print by Francois Fontaine. Printed on 245 g fine art paper from Hahnemüle. From the series Lost in China, 2005
“Rêve d’Orient (Dream of the Orient) combines three series which were produced in the Far East between 2005 and 2008: Trans-Siberian, Lost in China and Japanese Whispers. These series were created as if they were movie scenes, the objective being to try to convey through the framing and a colorist approach, a timeless and poetic vision of Asia. In the summer of 2005, I travelled on the Trans-Siberian railway from Moscow to Beijing through Mongolia. While on board of this legendary train, I became interested in the silence of shapes, in the density of materials and in the sensuality of bodies. Then I crossed mainland China. Impressed with its dreamlike strength, I chose to translate the reality of what I was perceiving into a symphony of colors and sensations, where poetry and dream would dominate. I tried to bring back the traces and perfumes of an ancient and disappearing millennial China.”
ABOUT Francois Fontaine
François Fontaine was born in Paris in 1968. Doctor in History of Art, curator, and editor-in-chief for the press magazine, he has been fascinated by travel and photography since his youth. His photographs has been exhibited in both France (e.g. Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Institut Lumière, Paris Photo) and other places around the world, from Beijing to Los Angeles. François Fontaine, whose favorite themes are personal journeys, poetry and dreams, has created a timeless photographic oeuvre letting itself be guided by his intuitions and emotions. His ideas are drawn from a combination of a lifelong passion for traveling and the photographer’s artistic, cinematic and literary experiences.
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