WEST HORIZONS - Jef BONIFACINO
     
WEST HORIZONS
«Les images de paysage ont, je pense, trois vérités à nous offrir : géographique, autobiographique et métaphorique.» Robert Adams, Essais sur le beau en photographie
Road trip, 20000 kilomètres, je lis l’autobiographie de Géronimo. Il est mort il y a 109 ans seulement. Je recherche les endroits où il naquit, vécu, lutta. Notre sort à tous est lié à notre terre. L’exploitation et la destruction de l’environnement sont une thématique qui sous-tend mon travail, de manière subjective. Ce qui m’intéresse c’est d’établir des passerelles, entre deux époques, deux univers, la réalité, le mythe et moi...
Je travaille au Hasselbald en 6x6 argentique. Les horizons sont le symbole de la conquête de l'Ouest et des paysages infinis. Je détourne ces lignes d'horizon de leur usage classique, souvent ils se transforment en ligne de front entre nature et activité humaine. Peut-on encore trouver des horizons libres?
Une légende indienne raconte que deux loups se battent dans le cœur de l’homme, l’un est l’amour et l’espoir, l’autre la colère et la peur. Le loup qui gagne est celui que l’on nourrit le plus.

“Landscape photography can offer us, I think, three verities - geography, autobiography, and metaphor. Geography is, if taken alone, sometimes boring, autobiography is frequently trivial, and metaphor can be dubious. But taken together… the three kinds of representation strengthen each other and reinforce what we all work to keep intact - an affection for life.” Robert Adams, Beauty in Photography : Essays in Defense of Traditional Values
Road trip, 20000 miles), I read the Geronimo’s autobiography. He died 108 years ago only. I search for the places where he was born, where he lived and struggled.
Our common lot is bound to our land. Exploitation and destruction of the environment is a theme that underlies my work, in the subjective way. More than anything else, my interest is to establish bridges between two ages, two universes, reality and myth and me...
I work with a 6x6 Hasselbald. The horizons symbolise the West conquests and the infinite landscape. More than this classic way, they are transformed into a frontal line between nature and human activity. Can we still find free horizons?
An Indian legend tells of two wolves fight in man’s heart; one is love and hope, the other anger and fear. The wolf who wins is the one we feed the most.


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Canvas
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Romeo
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Dead end
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Meteor Crater
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Life
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The gate
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Oasis
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Crow
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Black Road
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Ditch the bitch
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Quality Is Timeless
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