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Photos of Belleville Paris – The Washington Post


Can the photo dive? I mean, they are not people, of Man. Hmmm. I think you can. A photo of Thomas Boyvin’s book “Belleville” (Stanley / Barker, 2022) seems to support his lyrical survey of the suburbs of Paris.

It seems like a necessary luxury now to get lost in something other than it brings you joy and joy. An endless loop of gloomy headlines has created a collective depression that sometimes needs to burst for a small rest. “Bellville” will appear at the perfect time.

Boivin offers a collection of photographs that are infused with subtle beauty. I visited Paris only once and it was a great experience. There is no doubt that he was looking for a vision built from the youthful reading of Camu and Sartre and the encounter with movies such as “Amelie” and my favorite “The Adults Don’t Know”.

I know it’s not a true understanding of Paris. It is a fantasy composed of superficial impressions. And I think it’s just right. In other words, one of my favorite quotes is from French photographer Lise Sarfati. She said the process of building a story or project is one of the processes of creating her own universe in which she can live. I like that. And I think that’s exactly what Boivin did at “Bellville”.

Boivin has been wandering around the neighborhood for over a decade, pausing around with a camera to record delicate, flashy landscapes, shabby chic storefronts, or the pensive look of a woman in black. did. The head, rewound for decades, was not out of place in one of Brassaï’s depictions of this romantic city.

We all bring our luggage to what we see, and it colors our interpretation. The interpretation may be accurate. Sometimes it burns violently and may only be relevant to the viewer. “Bellville” is a type of book suitable for a variety of reading materials, such as novels, short stories, or movies.

Boivin admits that photographs do not always correspond to the “accurate” depiction of Paris.

“I immediately moved there and started taking pictures of streets and people and continued to take pictures for years. Above all, taking pictures of people was what I thought was meaningful. The pictures are the city. I barely portray it, but as I walk through the streets of Bellville, I find that it conveys the sensations I had: beauty and decline, a mixture of moments of joy and sadness, sensations of warm light and people. The bittersweet sensation of being able to walk around all day looking for the eyes of a stranger. “

Now is the best time ever to retreat to a journey of the senses that can carry us. Sit down in the universe that Boivin reminds you of in “Bellville”, relax and get lost. worth it.

More details on Boivin’s work can be found on his website (here). And you can find out more about this book and buy it here.

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