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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 )
Jimmy-Faceless Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I bet his butt is stuck to the chair... Just sayin
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  Professional 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!
ORANGELIGHTNING7 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Student General Artist
:) another great shot of this dude!
Ciryaquen Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
SO SO SO SO so so sad to be living alone...and without parents in this world.
l-heure-du-the Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Cette photo (et le reste de la série d'ailleurs) m'a vraiment remuée. Prise aux tripes.

ButterflyMethuselah Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He seems to sad and detached from everything...this is a work of art.
Ard3113 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You get what you pursue. The emotive load of this image is really huge !
jisaacs1962 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
A masterpiece of honesty. At a stroke, the whole composition tells this man's life-story.
J-Stanton Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011   Photographer
remarkable & powerful, incredible capture.
daniestrydom Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
I think this is awesome. You have managed to make art with your photography. I would like to paint this. Would you allow me to do it?
BenoitPaille Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
no prob
daniestrydom Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
Thank you. Once completed, i will post it so that you can see. The fact that your photographs inspire other artists says it all.
outofframe Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
AmazonMandy Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
This is really moving to me...I feel so much pity for him. He seems broken.
GCOPhotography Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Featured in my journal
Thank you
ColorfulSprinkles319 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011   Writer
......I am speechless
44blueroses Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Shilaah Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
stunning picture. i see his depressions. i see his lonelyness. wonderful work. more of this plz.
nlowan Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
This is so great. The irony here is that this man is probably mentally stronger than most individuals. It takes a certain type of individual to dedicate his prime life years to his own mother alone. I don't know the rest of his story, but I'm guessing he isn't one of those basement dwelling, rude rpg pricks. I could be wrong.
ladyrandomm13 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Student
Wonderful photo!
Caipirina Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
you met a random guy in the streets and went to his apartment to take nude pictures of him...interesting.

nice picture.
Evil4GoodStudios Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
Wow, this is very genuine and portrays emotion a lot better than all that superficial stuff out there.
MT-000 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
Il me fait penser à mon oncle, qui est dans la même situation. Il a 60 ans, et sa mère vient de mourir. Il travaille au port du havre, comme la coqueluche, le vieux loup de mer, l'homme à tout faire. :) Bref cette photo me touche beaucoup.
unsunned Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
this is how real human looks. i am a fake.
AlexandraB24 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Congratulations! this wonderful work has been featured as part of the gallery show The Nude in an Urban Environment at #fineart-photography running until 10th April 2011.
Please come and visit and tell us if you like the show.
Bumsy Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
I don't normally fave photos but this is special.
b13visuals Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The story and the shot are very inspiring!
InSearchofHedonism Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
This is hard to look at. Takes a true photographer to capture life at its grimmest moments as opposed to it's prettiest.
ChrisRDI Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This truly is an awesome photo
Anesthetic-X Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
beautiful, and tragic.
EmersonStem Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
This photograph tells a story!
deserted-heart Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
so intense
well done ^^
duckling1992 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Student Artist
Like a modern-day Dorothea Lange photograph
talliesynn Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This makes me rather sad to view...
I couldn't agree more with the quote in the DD.
It's rather disturbing to look at- but it's so emotionally deep.
Fantastic work.
KastleArchives Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Professional Photographer
As said above - although the nude guy is a subject difficult to digest - this is still an amazing shot. The contrast between a person who evidently doesn't look after himself in stark contrast to the immaculately clean environment he's in.

Definitely a artist at work behind the camera here. Kudos for such a fine job.
Timpanogos Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
He kind of looks like Captain Phil Harris from The Deadlist Catch.
JtheQ Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
I like your thought-out philosophy. I couldn't stop staring at this picture.
stewiet01 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
Excellent photo
LoraDoerfer Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
this is beautiful.
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Feb 4, 2009, 3:37:11 PM