• Tinder Generation

    « Tinder is how people meet. It’s like real life, but better. »
    Here is the devise of the most downloaded dating app in the world. With 50 millions active users and more than one billion of potential partners, it has revolutionized the way people connect, flirt, and meet up. I took a particular interest in the users of Tinder and produced a creative series of portrait, so as to explore the way our generation is interacting in the hyperconnected environment we live in.

    By using the app, I met the Parisians user of Tinder and I invited myself into their home, so as to photograph them while they are doing their « love shopping », switching the thousands of available profiles. To each portrait is also attached a photograph of their phone, displaying one of the « match ». It is a way to show the application, the huge diversity of profiles we can find, they way the users are tying to look their best, but also the object from which everything starts.

    As this project is a documentary story, a large part is accorded to it’s witnessing dimension. I’ve interviewed each person that I’ve photographed so as to know more about their practices, their experiences but also their vision of seduction, couple, sexuality and nowaday’s meetings. Each portrait is associated with a short audio extract from the interview of the person photographed. Please look at the multimedia version on Youtube and on Spark. ↓↓ Tinder Generation
  • Doel Safari

    Stuck between the second biggest harbour of Europe and a nuclear power plant, Doel is a small town, located next to Antwerpen in Belgium, that lost more than 90% of its inhabitants.

    At the beginning of the year 2000, the storekeepers of this small town started to close their doors, one after one. The reason : the port of Antwerpen is projecting to destroy and sink the village so as to create a new dock to welcome bigger boats. In 2003, the butchery closed, followed by the school, the council and the last bus line. Years after years, the town became more and more isolated from the world, losing more than 90% of its population.

    Inevitably, Doel is regularly vandalized by visitors from Belgium and Holland. It became a no-go-zone attracting people starved of adrenaline. Looting, destruction, fire start, shooting and even rave parties, the last inhabitants have seen everything. After a few years, street artists have tried to bring some life by tagging their art on the walls of the city.

    Doel since became an outstandingly abnormal place, mixing destruction, abandon and street art. So outstanding that it is figuring in the top 10 most photographed places of Belgium. This series is documenting the new type of tourism that was born in Doel and that is not always pleasing the 20 last inhabitants of the town.

    Captions : 

    1: A group of Dutch tourists that came by bus are climbing the Dune of the Escaut, a 350 km long river linking the Antwerp harbour to the north sea. Doel, June 17th 2017.

    2: A familly is having a walk througt the streets of Doel. Metal fences have been installated recently and are closing almost all the houses of Doel.

    3: "Gathering are prohibited". Inside the town, every gathering of more than 3 people are prohibited from 9pm and during the all night. This rule took place so as to avoid the outburst of violence usually taking place once the night has fallen.

    4: Tourists are taking pictures of street art made by Denise, one of the last inhabitant of Doel.

    5: A familly is leaving the ancient school of Doel, one of the last building still open. In the summer, tourists are coming to Doel so as to visit the last open houses.

    6: Sunday 20th of august 2017. The fourth group of motorbikes is entering into the town.

    7: Kelly and Cynthia are posing around Danny and his tuned car in a street of Doel. The three young Dutch are regularly coming to explore the ghost town. Doel, June 17th 2017.

    8: Wheeling in the main street of Doel. The town is overrun by tourists and motobikes in the weekend.

    9: Denise, one of the last inhabitant of Doel, is posing inside her courtyard. She has built up a fence made of broken glass bottles to defend her house from strangers and hooligans.

    10: Tourists are looking for the last open houses.

    11: Photoshoot in the streets of Doel.

    12: Desley de Kool riding his tuned mazda rx8 is looking for the perfect place so as to lm a tuning video clip. Doel, August 19, 2017.

    13: Djino Van Remoorte, a local farmer is visiting the house of marcel, his grandfather. He used to have lunch each sunday in this house when he was a child.

    14: Walk on the Dune. Doel, June 17, 2017.

    15: Main street, sunday afternoon.

    16: Entrance of the town. During the years, di erent solutions had been tested to avoid vandalism. The previous idea was working ne until it broke down. Visitors had to scan their ID so as to enter inside. It’s been month that the device isn’t working.

    17: A young couple is walking in the main street of Doel, between traces of burn, once the night has fallen. Doel, August 20th 2017.

    18: 11pm, a group of visitors are exploring the streets.

    19: Barbecue in the middle of the forest of Doel, less than 1km away from the nuclear power plant. Doel, June 17th, 2017.

    20: Young couple in the vacant lot of Doel.

    21: Rony and his 395 horse power dodge ram, taking care of the security and surveillance of the town. He has no formation but is in contact with local police. Doel, August 20th, 2017.
  • Paris

    “Rising tension” is a story made of the association of multiple photographs taking in situations showing the social tension rising in France, especially before the presidential elections. From the high score of the far-right movement, to police blunders, demonstrations, protests and clashes, this series is documenting the deep uneasiness that is emerging in France.

    Captions : 

    1: Paris, October 16, 2016. “Protest for All” against gay marriage, MAP (medically assisted procreation), and adoption of children for homosexual couples. Dozens of thousands of demonstrators gathered at the porte Dauphine and marched until reaching the Trocadéro.

    2: Paris, november 5 2016. Hundred of people have walked in the streets of Paris to claim justice regarding the death of Adama Traoré., who died after his interpellation by french police during the custody in Beaumont-sur-Oise. The family’s ght for justice has made Adama one of France’s most high-pro le cases of alleged police brutality.

    3: Paris, October 10th, 2016. A migrant in the middle of a demonstration against police violence is preparing to undergo an identity check. Most of the migrants in Paris don’t have papers and are living in the streets.

    4: Place of the Trocadero, Paris, 5th March 2017. Gathering in support of François Fillon in the Trocadero, as the french presidential candidate faces formal investigation over claims he paid family members for fake parliamentary jobs . 50,000 people were present according to the Police Prefecture.

    5: Demonstrators clash with police on the annual May Day worker’s march on May 1, 2017 in Paris, France. Part of the rally was a mobilisation against Marine Le Pen and the Far right movement. Police dealt with violent scenes in central Paris during the rally. Tear Gaz, motolov cocktails, ash ball,have been used.

    6: Bobigny, february 11, 2017. Theo, a 22-year-old man has been forced to the ground, beaten, and raped by the truncheon of police o cers in Aulnay-sous-Bois. Clashes and protests spread in Paris suburbs immediately .Tear gas has been massively used by police force to disperse the hooligans.

    7: A gathering took place next to the courthouse of Bobigny to claim justice for Theo, a 22-years-old boy arrested with violence in Aulnay-sous-bois. The police presence was important. Bobigny, february 11, 2017. Hooligans have destroyed buildings and set re to a radio car.

    8: A protestor into a cloud of tear gas. Bobigny, february 11, 2017.

    9: Paris, october 19th 2016. Police o cers converged together by night for the fourth time so as to protest against their work conditions and to support their colleagues injured during a molotov cocktail attack in Viry Châtillon, two weeks before.

    10: Portrait of French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National (FN) party Marine Le Pen at the Parc des Expositions in Villepinte near Paris. May 1st, 2017.

    11: Supporters during the meeting of french Presidential Election candidate Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right Front National (FN), on April 17, 2017.

    12: Supporters during the meeting of french Presidential Election candidate Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right Front National (FN), at the Zenitht in Paris, on April 17, 2017. 13: Barbès, Paris, 15 February 2017. Gathering to protest against police violence. A hairdresser is looking at the protest through the blind of her shop.

    14: After one hour of demonstration, screams, explosions and crowd movement have occured. Bobigny, february 11, 2017.

    15: French presidential election candidate for the right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party Francois Fillon during a rally at Porte de Versailles in Paris, on April 9, 2017.

    16: Four cars have been destroyed and burned by the hooligans. Bobigny, february 11, 2017.
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