WEST HORIZONS

“Landscape photography can offer us, I think, three verities - geography, autobiography, and metaphor.”
Robert Adams, Beauty in Photography: Essays in Defense of Traditional Values

The road echoes the conquest of the West, and the immense horizons it unveils are all symbols of the United States. I drive. 4 trips. 3 months, 10 states, 35,000 km. From the Atlantic to the West Gate to the Pacific Ocean, a half-continent-wide road trip. Leave old Europe. The new world. The horizons and the stakes are here, planetary. And the era is new: Anthropocene : "the Era of Man, characterizes the epoch of Earth's history marked by a significant global impact of human activities on the terrestrial ecosystem. This new age could lead to a sixth mass extinction and the disappearance of humanity."
I use these skylines to question the relationship between man and his territory. Most of the time is a frontal line between nature and human activity. Filigree of my exploration of space, I question the history of Indians and settlers, the first thread of the conflict between a way of life harmonious with nature and the predator and destroyer one that prevails today. I read the Geronimo’s autobiography. He died 110 years ago only. I search for the places where he was born, where he lived and struggled. Near the geographical center of the United States, it was the Lakotas who were massacred at Wounded Knee, a few kilometers from Standing Rock. An Indian legend tells : "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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«Les images de paysage ont, je pense, trois vérités à nous offrir : géographique, autobiographique et métaphorique.»
Robert Adams, Essais sur le beau en photographie

La route fait écho à la conquête de l'Ouest, fondatrice et les horizons immenses qu’elle dévoile sont autant de symboles des Etats-Unis. Je roule. 4 voyages. 3 mois, 10 états, 35 000 km. De l’Atlantique à l’Océan Pacifique, road trip à l’échelle d’un demi-continent. Quitter la vielle Europe, nouveau monde. Les horizons comme les enjeux sont ici, planétaires. Et l’ère est nouvelle : Anthropocène: soit l'Ère de l'Homme, caractérise l'époque de l'histoire de la Terre marquée par un impact global significatif des activités humaines sur l'écosystème terrestre qui pourrait entrainer une sixième extinction de masse et la disparition de l’humanité.
J’utilise ces lignes d'horizon pour interroger le rapport de l’homme avec son territoire. Le plus souvent c’est une ligne de front entre nature et activité humaine. En filigrane de mon exploration de l’espace, je questionne l’histoire des indiens et des colons, premier fil rouge du conflit entre un mode de vie harmonieux avec la nature et celui prédateur et destructeur qui prédomine aujourd’hui. Je lis l’autobiographie de Géronimo. Il est mort il y a 109 ans seulement. Je recherche les endroits où il naquit, vécu, lutta. Près du centre géographique des Etats-Unis, ce sont les sioux qui furent massacrés à Wounded knee, à quelques kilomètres de Standing rock. 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.


Meteor Crater Arizona. Created about 50,000 years ago
Meteor Crater

Arizona. Created about 50,000 years ago

White dino California
White dino

California

Black Hills South Dakota
Black Hills

South Dakota

Cowboy Yosemite National Park, California
Cowboy

Yosemite National Park, California

Protected area Whites Mountains, California
Protected area

Whites Mountains, California

4x4 Black Hills, South Dakota, ancient Lakota's land.
4x4

Black Hills, South Dakota, ancient Lakota's land.

Window Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Window

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Painted Desert Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
Painted Desert

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Skyline Nevada
Skyline

Nevada

Navarro Head California
Navarro Head

California

Canvas Monterey, California
Canvas

Monterey, California

Nemo Coney Island, New York
Nemo

Coney Island, New York

Private dock Lake Tahoe, California
Private dock

Lake Tahoe, California

Sunnyvale Silicon Valley, California. In 1866 “The garden of the world”
Sunnyvale

Silicon Valley, California. In 1866 “The garden of the world”

Giant Pumpkin The biggest Pumpkin of U.S, Santa-Cruz, California
Giant Pumpkin

The biggest Pumpkin of U.S, Santa-Cruz, California

All Life is sacred South Dakota, Lakotas’ land, taken by U.S. in 1890
All Life is sacred

South Dakota, Lakotas’ land, taken by U.S. in 1890

Pacifica Pacifica, California
Pacifica

Pacifica, California

Organic Peach organic farm, Buttonwillow, California.
Organic

Peach organic farm, Buttonwillow, California.

Dark Road Death Valley National Park, California
Dark Road

Death Valley National Park, California

Geronimo LN San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, Arizona
Geronimo LN

San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, Arizona

Cimetery Apache cimetery, Arizona
Cimetery

Apache cimetery, Arizona

The green Templeton, California
The green

Templeton, California

Ditch the bitch Leadville, Colorado
Ditch the bitch

Leadville, Colorado

Palm New York
Palm

New York

Hudson New York
Hudson

New York

Zion ‟sanctuary‟. Zion National Park, Utah.
Zion

‟sanctuary‟. Zion National Park, Utah.

Cork-oak Texas
Cork-oak

Texas

 World Heritage The first park protected in 1864, Yosemite National Park, California
World Heritage

The first park protected in 1864, Yosemite National Park, California

The great wheel Coney Island, New York
The great wheel

Coney Island, New York

Saloon Ghost town and gunfight stunt shows, Calico, California
Saloon

Ghost town and gunfight stunt shows, Calico, California

Palo Alto Palo Alto, “The big tree” in Spanish, California
Palo Alto

Palo Alto, “The big tree” in Spanish, California

  Christmas tree Datil, New Mexico
Christmas tree

Datil, New Mexico

Drill hole Meteor Crater, Arizona
Drill hole

Meteor Crater, Arizona

Dinosaur American Museum of Natural History, New York
Dinosaur

American Museum of Natural History, New York

Storm State highway 75, Arizona
Storm

State highway 75, Arizona

Bald Eagle Black Hills, South Dakota. Ancient Lakotas’ land
Bald Eagle

Black Hills, South Dakota. Ancient Lakotas’ land