Photography is an intimate, sensual and sensitive relationship with the world and people.
Name: Cyrille Weiner
Hometown: Paris, France, where I am born and still live and work.
Style of photography: Poetic documentary?
Type of camera(s): I use Arca Swiss 4×5 inch view camera, Mamiya 7 and canon 1DSII. I also have a Contax T3 I use for personal diary pictures.
What gives you inspiration?
I am in a search for places – architectural, urban or natural – where I have a strong feeling of freedom, and where I can find people who make these places their own . Then I explore a kind of mental space, the intimate mood and feelings of people and mine in there. I find most places are too much planned and organized for collective uses. So I am in a search for an escape and alternative relationships between people and their surroundings. Norma and utopia are the keys of my research.
What are your influences?
My formal influences are in classical painting. Cinematography also when dealing with the way I edit pictures to build up sequences. The way I picture people in environments is also quite theatrical. Like actors on stage. I give a very deep attention to colors. Some of my favorite photographers are William Eggleston, Walker Evans, Philip Lorca di Corcia, Stephen Shore, Patrick Faigenbaum, Christophe Bourguedieu, Sophie Ristelhueber…
I have a blog called Silverpoetics. It started in 2007. I define it as ” a photographic journey inside the disturbing paths between reality, fiction and poetry.” It is a record of things I like.
Why did you choose these photos?
It’s hard to say… I first thought of choosing pictures from a unique project. I finally decided to choose from different ones, like extract of different journeys. It’s an invitation to see more.
What does photography mean to you?
Its an intimate, sensual and sensitive relationship with the world and people. I can’t leave without making pictures. I mean the process of looking which is a way of being. I also walk a lot, especially when previewing locations. Walking is a very important part of my process. It’s a time that generates fiction and imaginary, while being on the concrete field.
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