Sands of Time, a series of large format pinhole photographs

Exhibitions, Texts

Jardin d'Acclimatation and lodging house, Tatihou Island, Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, France. 2014 (series Sands of Time) by Elise Prudhomme.
Ile Tatihou #14, Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, France. 2014 (series Sands of Time) by Elise Prudhomme.

Ile Tatihou #14, Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, France. 2014

Sands of Time

In recent photographic studies, I have been exploring the theme of the sentiment of nature. Raised in a family of architects and passionate gardeners, I am interested in an art of nature capable of encompassing both garden and landscape.  This new series of large format pinhole photographs, Sands of Time, excerpt from an ongoing project on the development of the cultural landscape and the emergence of a new picturesque in the Cotentin, includes work done on historic Tatihou Island*, where layers of symbolic material trace the constant evolution of man in his environment.

* Tatihou Island, owned by the Conservatoire du Littoral, is managed by the Conseil Général de la Manche.

Sables du temps

Récemment, j’explore le thème du sentiment de la nature au travers d’études photographiques. D’une famille d’architectes et de jardiniers passionnés, j’étudie l’idée d’un art de la nature en mesure de rassembler à la fois le jardin et le paysage.  Extrait d’un projet en cours sur l’évolution du paysage culturel et l’émergence d’un nouveau pittoresque dans le Cotentin, j’expose aujourd’hui une série de sténopés, intitulée Sands of Time, qui inclue le travail réalisé lors d’un séjour sur l’Ile de Tatihou*, où les couches de matière symbolique retracent la constante evolution des usages.

*L’Ile de Tatihou, propriété du Conservatoire du Littoral, est gérée par le Conseil Général de la Manche.

Entre Côtes | Photography Exhibition at Studio Galerie B&B

Exhibitions

Entre Côtes | Photography Exhibition at Studio Galerie B&B

From December 9, a sea wind will blow on Studio Gallery B&B at the occasion of the exhibition of two photographers, Entre Côtes.

Elise Prudhomme presents a new series of large format pinhole photographs entitled Sands of Time, extract of an ongoing project on the evolution of the cultural landscape and the emergence of a new picturesque in the Cotentin.

From the Atlantic coast to the inland, Philippe Bachelier walked his cameras through the Basque country on both sides of the Pyrénées. His black and white landscapes, printed silver-gelatin paper, recount the changing lights of the ocean and the perennial energy of nature.

A partir du 9 décembre, un vent iodé soufflera sur le Studio Galerie B&B à l’occasion de l’exposition de ses deux photographes Entre Côtes.

Elise Prudhomme expose une série de sténopés grand format intitulé Sands of Time, extraite d’un projet en cours sur l’évolution du paysage culturel et l’émergence d’un nouveau pittoresque dans le Cotentin.

De la côte atlantique à l’intérieur des terres, Philippe Bachelier a promené ses appareils photo dans le Pays Basque, des deux côtés des Pyrénées. Leurs paysages en noir et blanc, tirés sur papier argentique, racontent les lumières changeantes de l’océan et l’énergie d’une nature vivace.

Opening on Tuesday, December 11 at 6pm at Studio Galerie B&B, 6 bis rue des Récollets, 75010 Paris, France.
Exhibition from 9 to 21 December 2014

Pinhole workshop Granville Photo Club, France

Blog article, Workshops

Shooting with a large format pinhole camera on the Grand Grève in Granville, France on January 1, 2014.

Shooting with a large format pinhole camera on the Grand Grève in Granville, France on January 1, 2014.

One thing leads to another…

My appearance on January 1, 2014, in waders with an 8×10″ pinhole camera and tripod slung behind my back, on the Grand Grève of Granville sollicited curosity by a gentleman stroller-by.  An enthusiastic member of the Granville Photo Club, he asked if I might be interested in demonstrating use of this particular pinhole camera (the Harman Titan 8×10).

Pinhole workshop at the Granville Photo Club, France

In April 2014, I made a presentation of large format pinhole photography to the interested members of the club, followed by a portrait session using color slide film (result above).  Working with an 8×10″ camera has always tempted me, however the weight and unweildiness has not.  I have found an adequate compromise in the large format pinhole camera which is lighter weight and easy to carry on my back if I am trekking.  The negatives can be made into contact prints or scanned and enlarged.  I am currently testing cyanotypes with these pinhole negatives and love the result.

Parisian Prom Portraits

Commissions, Events coverage, Portraits, Studio shoot

Large format film portrait taken during Prom night at the Lawn Tennis Club in Saint Mande, France 2014 by Elise Prudhomme.

Parisian Prom Portraits

Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose – Gertrude Stein

I was asked to photograph a Parisian school prom and the theme was The Roaring 20’s.  Two outdoor studio setups, a 4×5 film camera, a Hasselblad digital back and a tennis club.  It was a challenging technical adventure and a wonderful portrait opportunity!

My Conquest of Space: a selection of photographs

Exhibitions, Texts

View of the back of Le Bourget Air and Space Museum as seen from a Boeing 747, France, 2012 by Elise Prudhomme

My conquest of space

To close the 2013 season primarily dedicated to my photographic work Yours, mine, Le Nôtre’s, I propose a medley of my hobbies and my world, bonified by time like a Christmas Pudding. If a theme were necessary, it would be around landscapes whether rural or urban, and our modest or massive footprint on this earth. This is also an opportunity for me to revisit places that have built my relationship to the world (the United States, Italy and France) and evoke ongoing projects: You’ve Got Mail, The Glorious 30’s. Finally, I present a selection of findings from daily work that fill me with joy as a photographer.

Ma conquête des espaces

Pour clore la saison 2013 principalement dédiée à mon travail photographique Le tien, le mien, Le Nôtre, je propose un pot-pourri de mes marottes et de mon univers, bonifiés par le temps tel un Christmas PuddingS’il fallait un thème, il serait autour des paysages qu’ils soient champêtres ou urbains et de notre modeste ou imposante empreinte sur cette terre. C’est aussi l’occasion pour moi de revisiter des lieux qui ont construits mon rapport avec le monde (les États-Unis, l’Italie et la France) et d’évoquer des projets en cours: You’ve Got Mail !, Les 30 glorieuses. Enfin, un choix de trouvailles issues du travail quotidien qui font ma joie en tant que photographe.

Christmas Pudding, a photography exhibition at Studio Galerie B&B

Exhibitions

Christmas Pudding, a photography exhibition at Studio Galerie B&B

Studio Galerie B&B associates, Elise Prudhomme and Philippe Bachelier, present Christmas Pudding: thirty-four color and black and white limited edition photographs (silver gelatin prints and c-prints) – choice photographic morsels to savor without moderation!

The selection of work by Elise Prudhomme revolves around the theme of space conquest –  landscapes whether rural or urban and our modest or massive footprint on this earth.

Opening on Thursday, December 12 at 6pm
10 to 22 December 2013 at Studio Galerie B&B, 6 bis rue des Récollets, 75010 Paris, France.

Yours Mine Le Nôtre’s | Exhibition in Passage de la Geôle, Versailles

Articles, Exhibitions

Exhibition poster for Artistes dans la rue in Versailles 2013

Yours Mine Le Nôtre’s exhibited in Passage de la Geôle, Versailles

The Association of Antique and Gallery dealers of Versailles has invited me to exhibit my series Yours, Mine, Le Nôtre’s during the Versailles Autumn Festival 2013. Twenty-seven color and black and white photographs (silver gelatin prints and c-prints) are exhibited.

Quartier des Antiquaires – Passage de la Geôle, 78000 Versailles from 10 October – 3 November, 2013. Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:30 am to 19:00 pm.

Exhibition for Artists in the Street, Versailles 2013

Exhibitions

Celeste, Versailles Chateau Garden, France, 2012 (part of the series Yours, Mine, Le Nôtre's) by Elise Prudhomme
  • Miroir, oh Miroir, Versailles Chateau Garden, France, 2013 (part of the series Yours, Mine, Le Nôtre's) by Elise Prudhomme.
    Miroir, oh Miroir
  • Exhibition poster for Artistes dans la rue in Versailles 2013
    Poster for Artistes dans la Rue 2013
  • Tour de Marlborough, Versailles Chateau Garden, France, 2013 (part of the series Yours, Mine, Le Nôtre's) by Elise Prudhomme.
    Tour de Marlborough
  • Celeste, Versailles Chateau Garden, France, 2012 (part of the series Yours, Mine, Le Nôtre's) by Elise Prudhomme
    Celeste
  • Tête-bêche or Upside-Down, Versailles Chateau Garden, France, 2012 (part of the series Yours, Mine, Le Nôtre's) by Elise Prudhomme.
    Tête-bêche

Exhibition for Artists in the Street, Versailles 2013

The Alumnae Association of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Versailles has invited me to exhibit twenty-five color and black and white photographs from the series entitled Yours, Mine, Le Nôtre’s during the Journée du Patrimoine in Versailles (Artistes dans la Rue), Place du Marché Notre Dame, France on September 14, 2013.

Photographs will also be exhibited at the Carré à la Farine, Versailles, France from 10 – 14 September 2013.

France Revisited publishes my article and photographs about the Garden of Versailles

Articles, Press, Texts

Broderie, Versailles Chateau Garden, France, 2012 (part of the series Yours, Mine, Le Nôtre's) by Elise Prudhomme.

Yours, Mine, Le Nôtre’s: An American Photographer Examines the Garden of Versailles
As France celebrates the 400th anniversary of the birth of André Le Nôtre, the father of French gardens, France Revisited explores some of this 17th-century landscape gardener’s most famous gardens and parks. Here, in text and images, American photographer Elise Prudhomme, a longtime Paris resident whose work has been exhibited in the Tuileries Garden and will soon appear in an exhibition in Versailles, guides us along the garden paths of Versailles.
by Gary Lee Kraut
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Broderie, Versailles Chateau Garden, France, 2012 (part of the series Yours, Mine, Le Nôtre's) by Elise Prudhomme.

Broderie, Versailles Garden, France. 2012

Photographs and text by Elise Prudhomme

André Le Nôtre designed the Garden of Versailles to display, reflect and serve as the backdrop for the pomp and glory and power of the reign of Louis XIV. As such the garden functioned as a direct extension of the palace itself. Piqued by Nicolas Fouquet’s audacious success with the Château of Vaux-le-Vicomte which he visited in 1661, Louis XIV enlisted the three men who had contributed to that success—the architect Louis Le Vau, the painter-decorator Charles Le Brun and the landscape gardener André Le Nôtre—to create the palace of all palaces: Versailles.

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France Revisited publishes my article and photographs about the Tuileries Garden

Articles, Press, Texts

Liberté or Liberty, Tuileries Garden, Paris, France, 2011 (part of the series Yours, Mine, Le Nôtre's) by Elise Prudhomme.

Celebrating Le Nôtre: An American Photographer Explores the Tuileries Garden
France Revisited joins France’s celebration of the 400th anniversary of the birth of André Le Nôtre, the father of French gardens, with seven stunning photos of Paris’s most historical garden, the Tuileries Garden, by American photographer Elise Prudhomme.

Liberté or Liberty, Tuileries Garden, Paris, France, 2011 (part of the series Yours, Mine, Le Nôtre's) by Elise Prudhomme.

Liberté, Tuileries Garden, Paris, France. 2011

Yours, Mine, Le Nôtre’s
Photographs and text by Elise Prudhomme

A walk through the Tuileries Garden is a return to the origin of French gardens. Considering its long heritage of transformations by queens, kings, landscape architects and gardeners, the Tuileries cannot be fully attributed to André Le Nôtre (1613-1700). It can nevertheless be viewed as the matrix of André Le Nôtre’s career. By matrix I mean that the Tuileries was his testing grounds and the precursor of his future projects, the womb or mold from which his future work originated and developed.  Without the Tuileries there would be no Versailles.

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Yours, Mine, Le Nôtre’s exhibited at Jardins Jardin 2013

Exhibitions, Press

Yours, Mine, Le Nôtre’s exhibited at Jardins Jardin 2013

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Jardins Jardin garden festival and the 400th anniversary of the birth of André Le Nôtre, thirty color and black and white photographs from my body of work entitled Yours, Mine, Le Nôtre’s will be exhibited in the Tuileries Garden, Terrasse au Bord de l’Eau in the tent of the Louvre, Paris, France from 30 May – 2 June 2013.

Photographic walks in a contemporary wasteland

Press, Texts

Presentation at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, on April 9 2013 – Photographic walks in a contemporary wasteland

Conference: Photographic walks in a contemporary wasteland

I am thrilled that my work on André Le Nôtre’s gardens entitled Yours, Mine, Le Nôtre’s will be included in the presentation “Photographic walks in a contemporary wasteland” by Céline Omer at Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris, France) on April 9, 2013.

Yours, Mine, Le Nôtre’s, exhibition texts about this photography series

Texts

Green, Tuileries Garden, Paris, France, 2011 (part of the series Yours, Mine, Le Nôtre's) by Elise Prudhomme.
Green, Tuileries Garden, Paris, France, 2011 (part of the series Yours, Mine, Le Nôtre's) by Elise Prudhomme.

Green, Tuileries Garden, Paris, France. 2011

Yours, Mine, Le Nôtre’s, exhibition texts about this photography series

On the occasion of the four hundredth anniversary of the birth of André Le Nôtre (1613 – 1700), I have taken another look at his master work. Working with mineral and plant architecture, Le Nôtre created multifaceted gardens that are both majestic and playful. He surprises us with follies and fountains set in contrast to strictly symmetrical wooded masses; he plays on light and shadow in his whimsical and symmetrical groves, dotting parterres and main walkways with statues and yew cut in the most amazing ways.

The Tuileries Garden, with its crowds of pressed tourists drawn by the dramatic perspective from the Louvre up the Champs-Elysées, leaves strollers the opportunity to discover smaller gardens within the garden.

Sceaux Park, where André Le Nôtre played with the landscape using a double perspective : the first extending from the axis of the château, the second set on a perpendicular axis from the château, revealing a large waterfall extending through to the Basin of the Octagon.

Versailles, the result of matured reflection in garden architecture, is a masterpiece in the art of topiary.

Vaux-le-Vicomte Garden and Saint-Cloud Park are also included.

Photographing these individual spaces like the pieces of a puzzle, I wished to form a notion of the Whole through the assimilation of individual details. Working spontaneously, I visited the garden frequently and photographed a variety of subjects. The choice to work in black and white was made to better reveal the geometry and rhythm that nature and humans have brought to these places.

Le tien, le mien, Le Nôtre

A l’occasion du Quatre-centième anniversaire de la naissance d’André Le Nôtre (1613 – 1700), je pose un autre regard sur son œuvre. André Le Nôtre a travaillé l’architectonie des végétaux afin de créer des jardins à facettes, à la fois majestueux et ludiques. Il nous surprend grâce à des décors et jeux d’eau originaux qui contrastent avec la rigoureuse symétrie des masses boisées et joue sur l’ombre et la lumière dans ses bosquets symétriques et fantaisistes, ses parterres et allées principales jalonnés de statues et d’ifs taillés dans les formes les plus étonnantes.

Aux Tuileries, sa foule de touristes pressés, comme entraînés par la perspective vertigineuse qui va du Louvre aux Champs-Elysées et laisse aux flâneurs la possibilité d’aller à la découverte de nombreux jardins dans le jardin.

Au Parc de Sceaux, où André Le Nôtre joue avec le paysage au moyen d’une double perspective : l’une qui prolonge l’axe du château ; l’autre, perpendiculaire, qui se révèle par une grande cascade et se prolonge à travers le bassin de l’Octogone.

Au Jardin de Versailles, fruit d’une pensée murie en matière de jardin, haut lieu de l’art topiaire.

Le Jardin de Vaux-le-Vicomte et le Parc de Saint-Cloud y figurent aussi.

Je présente ces espaces comme les pièces d’un puzzle afin de rendre l’idée de l’Ensemble qui englobe les détails singuliers. Le travail effectué de manière spontanée privilégie la fréquence et la variété des motifs, lequel permet de mettre en relief le plan géométrique du jardin, associé au rythme biologique et au mouvement que les touristes et promeneurs apportent à ces lieux.

Yours, Mine, Le Nôtre’s, exhibition at Studio Galerie B&B

Exhibitions

Yours, Mine, Le Nôtre’s, exhibition at Studio Galerie B&B

A recent body of photographic work entitled Yours, Mine, Le Nôtre’s is presented at Studio Galerie B&B, 6 bis rue des Récollets, 75010 Paris, France from 4 March – 17 March 2013. The exhibition includes photographs of the Tuileries Garden and Sceaux Park.

Exhibition Self-consciousness during Mois de la Photo Off | Studio Galerie B&B

Exhibitions

Self-consciousness at Studio Galerie B&B

Exhibition Self-consciousness during Mois de la Photo Off | Studio Galerie B&B

With the patronage of le Mois de la Photo Off, the series Self-consciousness is on exhibit at Studio Galerie B&B, 6bis rue des Récollets, 75010 Paris, France from 12 November – 30 November 2012.

First prize winner of the 2012 Grand Prix Riedisheim Réponses Photo Epson, Self-consciousness is making its debut in Paris.

Exhibition texts | Photography series Self-consciousness

Texts

Differentiation #2, Massachusetts, USA, 1992 (series Self-consciousness) by Elise Prudhomme.
Differentiation #2, Massachusetts, USA, 1992 (series Self-consciousness) by Elise Prudhomme.

Differentiation #2 Massachusetts, USA. 1992

Exhibition texts | Series Self-consciousness

Self-consciousness

To the question « who am I » we are tempted to provide an answer that refers to the body. The body is what may be shown, what is seen by others, what can represent itself. It is not so much a question of knowing who we are essentially that matters here, but rather how and by what means we gain recognition from others. Through this work with self-portrait, I recount a young woman’s search for self-awareness. Positioned as witness, the camera plays an important role in the stages leading there; inciting both self-discovery and self-revelation through the construction of her own image.

Auto-conscience

A la question « qui suis-je » nous sommes tentés de donner une réponse qui nous ramène vers le corps. Le corps est ce qui peut-être exhibé, ce qui est vu par les autres, ce qui peut se représenter. Ce n’est pas la question de savoir qui nous sommes essentiellement qui importe ici, mais ce par quoi nous trouvons une re-connaissance. Par ce travail d’autoportrait, je raconte la recherche de la conscience de soi d’une jeune femme. Placé comme témoin, l’appareil photographique joue un rôle important dans les étapes qui mènent à celle-ci; il l’incite à la fois à se découvrir et à se dévoiler à travers la construction de sa propre image.

Photograph of Malik Ghat Flower Market exhibited at Espace Pierre Cardin

Exhibitions

Aerial view from Howrah Bridge of people working at the Mallick Ghat Flower Market, Calcutta, India, 2009 by Elise Prudhomme.
Aerial view from Howrah Bridge of people working at the Malik Ghat Flower Market, Calcutta, India, 2009 by Elise Prudhomme.

Aerial view from Howrah Bridge of people working at the Malik Ghat Flower Market, Calcutta, India, 2009

Photograph of Malik Ghat, India exhibited at Espace Pierre Cardin

My photograph of Malik Ghat, India will be exhibited at Espace Pierre Cardin, 3 avenue Gabriel, 75008 Paris during the second week in October.  Part of a series entitled “Enterprising India“, this image of the famous Malik Ghat Flower Market was shot from the Howrah Bridge in Calcutta on a bright winters day.

My series Self-consciousness exhibited at the 25th Salon Photo Riedisheim

Awards, Exhibitions

My series Self-consciousness exhibited at the 25th Salon Photo Riedisheim

My photo series, Self-consciousness, was exhibited at the 25th photo festival in Riedisheim (a French town in the Upper Rhine) during the month of March. I include a couple of photos of the show, some street shots of Riedisheim and images of Jane Evelyn Atwood’s exhibition installation. Her photographs were printed on waterproof tarpaulin and exhibited outdoors with stunning results. This year, Jane Evelyn Atwood is the patron of the festival and jury member of the Grand Prix Epson RP contest on the theme “feminine”.

Photograph from Tuileries Garden series receives Juror Award of Merit

Awards

Pause, Tuileries Garden, Paris, France, 2012 (part of the series Yours, Mine, Le Nôtre's) by Elise Prudhomme.
Pause, Tuileries Garden, Paris, France, 2012 (part of the series Yours, Mine, Le Nôtre's) by Elise Prudhomme.

Pause, Tuileries Garden, Paris, France. 2012

Photograph from Tuileries Garden series receives Juror Award of Merit

My photograph entitled Pause, Tuileries Garden, Paris, France, 2011 (from the series Yours Mine Le Nôtre’s), has received Juror Award of Merit in the International Fine Art Photography Competition: Grand Prix de la Découverte. Taken from the Orangerie Museum, overlooking the Octagonal Basin, this image depicts a solitary sleeper in the late morning sun on a reclining green garden chair. Ten pigeons, siting in a row along the balustrade just behind him, are also taking in the sun.  This moment is suspended in time, hence the title “Pause”.