Le Soleil moribond (2009/ongoing)

In 2009 I was trying to start again with my long-term project of female portraits began in 1996 and stopped for about 3 years.

I wanted to do something different and I knew that what I had done before was not enough anymore because I had already exhausted all the creative drive.

One day I came across on the internet on one of these live sex chats: they are public live videos where girls try to bring in private registered visitors (members) to earn money.

The first thing that struck me was, from a formal and pictorial point of view, the soft palette of colors of the video (even at the expense of quality).

I was also intrigued by the loneliness of the subjects, in their rooms among neon lights and closed windows,

when they are in a state of intimacy with themselves, almost as if they had forgotten to be visible to an audience.

I always take these screenshots while the girls are in a public dimension, when they are visible to everyone.

The private scenes, in this case, I don’t care about, I’m not interested in the voyeuristic and sexual side.

What I like is the live dimension, of the life flowing, the strength of unplanned and unscripted situations;

I love this feeling of waiting to meet the right subject in the right situation with the right light.

For me, it is as if these images came from another world, where the sun never shines,

a world without windows, without human contact, without love: just solitude and artificial light.

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