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Submitted on
February 11, 2009
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5.8 MB
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Camera Data

Canon EOS 5D
Shutter Speed
1/125 second
Focal Length
24 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Feb 4, 2009, 3:37:11 PM
A stranger
I met on the street three months ago ([link]) and invited me to go into his apartment.
I returned and showed the first pictures I took of him.
I brought my flash because I knew that I was still shooting him.
But I did not know it was proposed to pose nude for me

His story:
I do not know the whole story of this man, but I can tell you what I know. He is 53 and lives in a small apartment on my street. In 2006 his mother died, with which he had lived with in this apartment. After her death he was alone. I think he lived his whole life with his mother, so her death for him was a tragic event. Since he lives alone and does not work, it uses the money he inherited to live.
he is currently looking for a smaller apartment, because he is now only one.

other from this serie:

My approach:
I attempt to go further by meeting individuals in their privacy. By choosing foreigners on the street or by going door to door, I choose my models for their beauty. Not physical beauty, but emotional. By arranging and directing my models, I try to create portraits that are true to nature. To capture a look that would not exist without my intervention.

Regarding the photo itself, I use digital processes to transform the color and light. In my photos, the background light increases the climactic sense of the model itself. I prefer to work with natural light and then push it towards the supernatural, so that the color of my photos is only a coating of the subject. My photographs show an aesthetic side without compromising the essence of the subject and its emotional value. Beautifying the the grotesque in the same way as the beauty industry; beautifying the ugly is very important to me. Since the contemporary world invaded with advertising, appearance is important to capture the eye of the viewer. I use the same tools as the industry: strong images, excessive, provocation, picture perfect. Not in a mercantile, but to exceed the industry itself with a human referred sincere paramount.

All this attention to the final rendering of the image is a way to exercise my control, to enter the deep intimacy of the subject and its environment. In order to reveal stories and emotions that are at first invisible without the intervention of the artist. Then I can create unique narrative sequences. All this for a purpose, to gain further knowledge of the privacy of others and go beyond the concept that the subjects have their own privacy.

Ma démarche
J’essaie d’aller plus loin dans la rencontre des individus, dans leur intimité. En choisissant des étrangers dans la rue ou en faisant du porte-à-porte, je choisis mes modèles pour leur beauté, non pas esthétique, mais émotive. En dirigeant mes modèles et en les modelant à ma guise, je tente de créer des portraits plus vrais que nature, de capter un regard qui n’existerait pas sans mon intervention.

Concernant la photo elle-même, j’utilise des processus numériques pour transformer les couleurs et la lumière. Dans mes photos, l’arrière-plan pointe de toutes ses lumières vers le point culminant, le modèle lui-même. Je travaille de préférence avec un éclairage naturel pour ensuite le dénaturer et le pousser vers le surnaturel. De sorte que la coloration de mes photos n’est plus seulement un enrobage du sujet, mais plutôt son attribut. Mes photographies démontrent une recherche esthétique, sans toutefois compromettre l’essentiel, l’essence du sujet et sa valeur émotionnelle. Embellir le brut dans le même processus que la pub, embellir le laid et le rendre majestueux est important pour moi. Puisque dans le monde contemporain envahi par la pub, l’esthétisme est important pour capter l’œil du spectateur. J’utilise les mêmes outils que la pub: image forte, caractère excessif, provocation, image parfaite. Non pas dans un but mercantile, mais pour depasser la pub elle-même avec une visée humaine sincère, primordiale.

Toute cette attention portée au rendu final de l’image est une manière d’exercer mon contrôle afin de pénétrer dans l’intimité profonde du sujet et de son environnement. Ceci afin de lui faire révéler des histoires et des émotions qui à prime abord sont invisibles sans l’intervention de l’artiste. De là peut alors naître des séquences narratives uniques. Tout cela dans un but, celui d’aller plus loin dans la connaissance de ce qu’est l’intimité des autres et ainsi dé;passer la vision que les sujets ont de leur propre intimité.
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Given 2009-02-21
With A stranger 53 ans, *BenoitPaille shows us that art isn't simply about easy to digest beauty. Art is also about truth, authenticity, and a genuine reflection of the real world. The beauty of this work is in the fact that it does not try to hide its lack of perfection, but holds it up to the light so that we can all see ourselves in it. This is only a small part of a larger series and body of work by a very talented photographer. I highly recommend that you explore deeper. And to all the viewers of this image: please respect both the model and the photographer, they're real people... just like you and me. Regardless of how this photograph makes you feel, realize the fact that it makes you feel anything at all means that it has achieved its goal. ( Featured by Katerina423 )
lookaslowpoke Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Jesus, this is such a good shot. Wow,
dreamterra Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
interesantno !!!!!!!!!!!
abaloo72 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
cagrito Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
my first favourite photo:)
weisbrod Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Interesting. Well done.
skeegoedhart Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
wow what an incredible shot!
TheAppleScientist Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
timemit Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
an excellent capture.. and perhaps all the better with the explanation but the photo carries all this and more to the viewer .. if you took a modern kid who then followed the same life path the pose would be the same but they would be holding a games controller .. congrats
karraka Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
Pour moi, votre idée est très bonne mais aussi très difficile à réaliser.

C'est une idée qui me fascine. Plusieurs fois, je vois les gens dans la rue, inconnus vrai que pour une raison quelconque, mon attention.

Je suis d'accord avec vous, ce n'est pas leur "beauté physique", s'il ya «quelque chose» en eux qui plaît beaucoup à moi visuellement.

J'ai toujours peur d'approcher et de poser pour une photo, je pense que vous montrer beaucoup de courage pour cela.

Je vous félicite sincèrement croire que votre travail est vraiment génial.

Cordialement, et avec vous le permettez, je suivrais votre travail.

Zanarky Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Well done! I loved the overall story you gave too. I really respect a photographer who talks about their work and is passionate about it. Well done!
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