‘Anness – Luniere’ or ‘Light Years’ as it is in English, is a stunningly nostalgic collection of photographs by ccclxxix. The man behind ccclxxix, Alexandre Francois, has captured a series of decrepit and industrial scenes and shown them in an organic light.
And all his works reflect this natural , raw, industrial-esque signature.
Born in Paris and now working and living in the south of France, Francois created a body of work “about saying goodbye to a city that never felt like home”, with the centerpiece being an old rusty car.
Documenting the sights of an old morning walk became the basis for each photograph where Francois could then create a series that related to the farewell of an old home and life that had just become run-down, mundane and commonplace.
By tightening each frame of his images, Francois is able to capture different aspects of the world whilst also being far from it. Each shot depicts a piece of this life, and as a viewer we are able to see the pieces that define this life, rather than view it in it’s full surroundings.
Francois's photographs are so successful in depicting the beauty of a wonderful world despite their matter being focused on dirt, metal and organic plants. He is able to merge all elements and create a world that not only has us wondering where the story began, but also where the story will end.
Words/ Lauren Payne