Black and white photograph of the ruins of Delos, Greece. Analog photography series entitled Lieux-dits by Elise Prudhomme.
Lieux-dits

Photographic author, I use a variety of analog and digital cameras to explore the possibilities and limits of the medium. While my choice of subject matter varies from Landscape, Portraits or Interior Spaces throughout there is a humor, irony and an appreciation of the surreal.

My latest series is titled "Lieux-dits". This is a French toponymic term that literally translates as "Said Places". It refers to small geographical locations that bear traditional names often based on some characteristic of the place, its former use, or a past event. These photographs represent events as well as places, as in a memoir. One single shot was not enough to express the feeling engendered by the locale. Through a creative use of multiple exposures to generate diverse reference points, the emotions associated with the "Lieux-dits" are anchored in memory.

Taken during travels, when my sensitivity to my surrounds was most acute, they relate tales of encounters, lights and foreign languages during an adventurous time in my life.

Photographe auteur, j'explore des procédés créatifs de photographie depuis la prise de vue jusqu’au tirage. La matérialisation d’idées sur un support sensible inspire le traitement du sujet qu’il s’agisse d’un espace intérieur, d’un paysage ou d’un portrait. Intéressée par la capacité des appareils analogue ou numériques à capturer l’espace et créer l’illusion, je maîtrise le medium dans l’expression surréaliste de son environnement.

Lieux-dits sont de courtes histoires, des moments de vie quotidienne au cours desquels l’esprit du lieu, émotions ressenties à un endroit et non un temps donné, prime sur la perception visuelle qui généralement accompagne sa découverte. En voyage, quand le temps se prête à l’éveil des sens, ils évoquent des rencontres, des lumières et des langues étrangères vécus, avec le sentiment d’aventure.

A travers des superpositions complexes ce projet révèle de multiples amers venant ancrer les émotions associées à ces lieux de passage au sein de la mémoire.

Black and white photograph of boats moored at low tide on the jetty of Port Lévi, Fermanville, France. Series entitled Lieux-dits by Elise Prudhomme.
Black and white photograph of pine trees in Villa Doria Pamphilj, Italy. Analog photography series entitled Lieux-dits by Elise Prudhomme.
Black and white panoramic photograph of a bouquet of sunflowers, Arles, France.  Analog photography series entitled Lieux-dits by Elise Prudhomme.
Black and white panoramic photograph of Ile-de-la-Cite, the Seine River and Pont Neuf, Paris, 1st arrdt, France. Analog photography series entitled Lieux-dits by Elise Prudhomme.
Black and white photograph of the ruins of Delos, Greece. Analog photography series entitled Lieux-dits by Elise Prudhomme.
Black and white photograph of people on a sailboat, Cyclades, Greece.  Analog photography series entitled Lieux-dits by Elise Prudhomme.
Black and white panoramic photograph of louvered blinds, ranunculus bouquet and tea for two in a Roman apartment, Italy. Analog photography series entitled Lieux-dits by Elise Prudhomme.
Black and white panoramic photograph of Parisian rooftops and sky, Paris, France. Analog photography series entitled Lieux-dits by Elise Prudhomme.
Black and white panoramic photograph of an avenue of cypress leading to a church, Tuscany, Italy. Analog photography series entitled Lieux-dits by Elise Prudhomme.
Black and white panoramic photograph of a young man flying a Chinese kite in Saint Ours, France. Analog photography series entitled Lieux-dits by Elise Prudhomme.
Black and white photograph of the moat and enivrons at Château de Tanlay, Burgundy, France.  Analog photography series entitled Lieux-dits by Elise Prudhomme.
Black and white photograph of horses running in an enclosure, Rome, Italy. Analog photography series entitled Lieux-dits by Elise Prudhomme.
Black and white photograph of jellyfish and visitors, Newport Aquarium, Oregon, USA.  Analog photography series entitled Lieux-dits by Elise Prudhomme.
Black and white panoramic photograph of a boy sailing his boat in the basin at Luxembourg Garden, Paris, France. Analog photography series entitled Lieux-dits by Elise Prudhomme.
Black and white photograph of a greenhouse interior in Pennsylvania, USA.  Analog photography series entitled Lieux-dits by Elise Prudhomme.
Black and white photograph of succulents in a minimalist style kitchen using house plants for interior decoration. The family Cactaceae in Karlsruhe, Germany.  Analog photography series entitled Lieux-dits by Elise Prudhomme.
Black and white photograph of a carwash, Brasilia, Brasil.  Analog photography series entitled Lieux-dits by Elise Prudhomme.
Black and white photograph of a field of picked cabbage after the harvest in the town of Chou, Havre de la Vanlee, France.  Analog photography series entitled Lieux-dits by Elise Prudhomme.
Black and white photograph of a rowboat on a lake in Buonconvento, Italy.  Analog photography series entitled Lieux-dits by Elise Prudhomme.
Black and white panoramic photograph of cooling off in a lake, Buonconvento, Italy.  Analog photography series entitled Lieux-dits by Elise Prudhomme.