We are often led to wonder about the meaning of our journey, its different stages, the discovery of other and new horizons that triggered each click of the camera, tranforming the ephemerality of a vision into a permanent relic, capturing a split second in space and time in an attempt to appropriate eternity.

In less than a second this trigger fixes what will be the primary vision for this shot, this moment of capturing space in a real time and place of the vast, elusive world.

Before a beautiful image is processed and developed, how many paths are traveled across the vast world from north to south, east to west, and through vale and mountain!

We often talk of the immediacy of photographic creation , of the photographer exploding a theme in a fraction of second. But isn't the trigger the culmination of a very long journey or itinerary ? The photographer is always on the look-out but often manages to seize his moment only at the end of a long route.

To photograph the world is to make contact again with the human element, light and matter.  It is to try to transmit a unity in movement and its dramatic art:  they are the mirror of both my character and my life.  

Etienne Pierart, Paris.

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In a world in which the art of photography appears so often to have moved beyond reality, because it is considered now too banally objective, the shots captured in time by photographer Etienne Pierart demonstrate to us just how the most authentic seed of introspective emotion is inherent in the objectivity of reality, to undestand the deeper meanings of human existence and solidarity. A great traveler who, while not using sophisticated means of manipulating the images in post-production to provide us with very real images, follows an entirely inner path, which represents a sort of inititation into life in its most candid authenticity.  Photographs of the soul, between beauty and nature, a voyage of a human life in itself.  The voyage is the true protagonist, the emotion of traveling, that must be understood as a journey through the space of the imaginary in time and of the siprit :  a pilgrimage of homeric and dantesque memories.  Dreamlike impressions, yet not fabulously unreal, characterize is works, which constitute a sort of illumination-fusion between the photographer (and through it, the observer) and the surrounding world.  Man and nature become two equivalent poles or entities, which balance each other and unite in a cosmic fusion, in which man undoes himself.

Dans un monde où l'art de la photographie, considéré aujourd'hui d'une banale objectivité, apparaît si souvent avoir dépassé la réalité, les prises de vue, capturées dans le temps, du photgraphe Etienne Pierart, nous montrent à quel point la graine de l'émotion introspective la plus authentique est inhérente à l'objectivité de la réalité, pour comprendre les significations profondes de l'existence humaine et de la solidarité.  Un grand voyageur qui, s'abstenant de recourir aux moyens sophistiqués de la retouche d'image en post-production afin de nous donner à voir des images très réalistes, suit un chemin exclusivement intérieur, qui représente une sorte d'initiation à la vie dans son authenticité la plus sincère.  Des photographies de l'âme, entre beauté et nature, un voyage de la vie humaine en soi.  Le voyage est le véritable protagoniste, l'émotion de l'odysée, qui doit se comprendre comme un périple à travers l'esprit et l'espace de l'imaginaire dans le temps : un pèlerinage de souvenirs homériques et dantesques.  Sans être fabuleusement irréelles, des impressions oniriques caractérisent ses oeuvres, qui constituent une sorte d'illumination-fusion entre le photographe (et, à travers lui, l'observateur) et le monde qui l'entoure.  L'homme et la nature se métamorphosent en deux pôles ou entités équivalents, qui s'équilibrent réciproquement et s'unissent dans une fusion cosmique.

Professor Giampaolo Trotta, Firenze May 2018.

As a professional reporter-photographer, Etienne Pierart has visited more than 100 countries and his inspiration originates mostly from his extensive travels and expeditions. He has worked for 10 years with several international organisations in numerous countries.  

He lives in Aix-en-Provence in the south of France.

 

"What is essential in life, is to be able to remove the mask of one's own culture". Janne Teller, Danish Novelist.