'Contre-jour' Josée Pedneault

Seventy-five photograms. For each day, one object, one image. That is the protocol for Contre-jour.

The project is deployed akin to a solar calendar that situates the world in time while equally representing illusions of permanence.

artist: Josée Pedneault
project: Contre-jour

published by Free Pony Press

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The only medium needed here is sunlight: three months or exposure for the first image versus a single day for the last one.

As a counterpoint, photographs of cherry trees – dense and granular, underexposed at nightfall – similarly and intimately depict the awareness of time     passing. A new solar system, composed of hazy spheres, fugitive constellations, or small evanescent planets, emerges into abstraction. For centuries, the sakuras have metaphorically   expressed a sensitivity to the ephemeral ; a spiritual symbol for the beauty of things, but also – through their impermanence – for the fragility of life. 


Turned toward the sun, the photograms reveal a state of introspection. For the sun is, in turn, a source of creation and of destruction. The flow of time is stopped but can never be reversed, as the photograms are not fixed on the paper. Each exposure to the sun will fade them further, until they eventually disappear. 


editor : Ecaterina Rusu


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