DAYS & PLACES
THE PLACES WE’VE BEEN
We interviewed Patrick Wack to find out more about his travels in China that unexpectedly lasted over a decade, growing up in Paris, and how his love for analogue processes informs his aesthetic.
IP: Where did you grow up as a child?
PW: I was born in Cannes in the south of France, but grew up in the well-off suburbs of Paris.
IP: What are some of your first memories in being interested in photography? Did you study for it or are you self-taught?
PW: I am self-taught, and partly YouTube-taught as some call it. I just moved to China in 2006 and called myself a photographer, then learned the craft along the way.
My father used to work for Picto in Paris when I was a child. Picto was the most famous professional lab in France, where artists like Koudelka and advertising pros alike would come for development and printing. My father was on the management side but did develop an interest in photography. ...
See Naples and Die.OPULENT
IP: Can you tell us where are you from?
SG: I am from London
IP: How did you get interested in photography?
SG: I started taking photos about 5 years ago when I was 23. At the time I was working in the film & TV industry in Bangkok. Although I was working in an artistic industry, the position I held was far from it, so photography became my creative outlet.
IP: How would you describe your photography and your style?
SG: Character-driven social realism. Anti-homogeneity.
IP: What drew you to Naples? What does the quote from the title mean to you?
SG: I visited Naples a few years ago and fell in love with the city. I remember saying to myself ‘before I die I’m going to live in Naples’. At 26 I thought ‘it’s now or never’ so I followed my heart and took the plunge. “See Naples and die,” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe famously espoused in his book Italian Journey in 1786. During the gol...
The Tree of Life is eternally Green .EXPLORED
Pascual Martinez and Vincent Saez, a photography duo from Spain approach their photography through an anthropological paradigm. Together, they carry out independent projects that explore the intersections between human relations, society and nature. They have been the recipients of many Spanish photography awards and are a refreshing energy in the photography world. Aserica conducted an interview exploring their new project in Romania, their collective approach to photography and their future.
XK: The title of your latest series is ‘The Tree of Life is Eternally Green’. Could you talk a little about the significance of this title in relation to the series as a whole?
P&V: We describe this serie as an intimate notebook of documentary work undertaken in Romania, exploring the country's landscape and integral connections Romanians have with nature. We document a society that is closely linked to an environment th...
and When. The earth we live in is full of visual treasures too magnificent to describe. Often we need a photograph to allow an beautiful landscape to meet our lines of vision - wherever we are. Sometimes it's a the other end of the world, sometimes just a few miles away.
Photography by Jean Pierre Evrard.
Jean-Pierre Evrard is a celebrated French photographer known for his striking black and white images of the African continent.