Bourdeau’s landscape photography reinvents the genre by melding rigorously structured composition with a unique spirituality.
Taken over the last three decades, in Europe, the photographs on view are of age-old landscapes, historical treasures of architecture nestled in the countryside, and rusting industrial sites reclaimed by nature. As the artist describes it: “[he] is deeply interested in how certain structures lose their identity and take on other feelings and ambiguities, and at other times become guardians or sentinels of physical and emotional space.”
Profoundly mystic, Bourdeau’s vision of the land beckons to the transcendentalism of Thoreau. His attraction to the “primordial forces” at play in the spectacle of nature is also inherently romantic. Like the Romantics, Bourdeau is fascinated by the “dark mysticism” of mediaeval architectures and by “brooding” landscapes. At the same time, the exactness of his photography discloses the hidden geometry of nature. Through the mechanical eye of his camera, “the images become tapestries”, both abstract and richly textured.
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About Joãozero Olhos como máquinas fotográficas!!! Desde 1987 a sentir a máquina e a…. Ver, ver muito e observar, ser visto…sempre…porque a fotografia torna uma simples memória num grande facto! E opinar sobre os factos, claro, muito! O mais importante para mim, não é tornar a fotografia em algo perfeito, manipulando-a em demasia, mas procurar sempre outro ponto de vista!
About me: I’m a passionate photographer from Melbourne, Australia. I consider myself a minimalist photographer mainly because I like to use only what I need to create an image I love. It fits like a glove to my personality and my life philosophy. I also like to use long exposure techniques to create that sense of reality and to allow the flow of nature to be visible in my images. Most of my work is in black and white because I love how I can use light, tones and shades to mold an image, a bit like clay sculpting. As a result, I can create images which are strong and powerful, with high contrast or soft and gentle.