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Stranger Tourist Self-Portraits by BenoitPaille Stranger Tourist Self-Portraits by BenoitPaille
Stranger Tourist Self-Portraits continue the effort of the Strangers project that consists in bringing about brief encounters with strangers in order to create an improbable photographic event with the intimacy of their private image. Leaving for a time the urban places I went ahead to meet tourists on the beaches of Mexico full of all-inclusive hotel.

In engaging with strangers, I broke for a few moments the implicit barriers of public space and its anonym functioning as well as hyper individualist in an exacerbated context of leisure and consumption centered on the individual. Moreover, this particular environment allows me to capture the image of the body almost naked of the subjects, unveiled like no other place in society.

For this project, I also appealed a shutter release in order to give to the subject an apparent control over his picture where he manages himself the “decisive moment” which won’t rely into the photographer’s hands. Once the settings and composition are made, I have tried to erase myself completely from the moment to allow the stranger to face with himself.

Unlike Rineke Dijkstra’s work with teenagers where the subjects were approached during transitions moments, which were uncomfortable, the subjects from Stranger Tourist Self-Portraits are completely accomplished, full of the sun, the beach and the sea. From their vertical silhouette and composure emerge an obvious fullness, tinted with diverse affects coming from a light discomfort resorbed by the anonymity of the situation to a proud arrogance demonstrated by the muscles and an excessive tanning. The whole is magnified by a bright light of this environment all in all minimal, but which is a lot more than a simple crossing point where the subjects are intercepted. The beach and the sun represent a perfect oasis where the human being sets in the middle moreover, where he cares no longer about the others.

thx to Sebatien Dulute for the text in French and to Capucine Fachot-Charbonneau for the english translation

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Cultivated-Arrogance Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
What is that black cable on the ground in the pictures?
mz7 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
its a shutter release, a remote that lets you take pictures with out touching the camera.
hidden-silly Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
DecimoPrimo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
You're passionate about your compositions!
1Durden1 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
il va exploser !
lamsos Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Nice boobs
Jis Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Je le verrais mieux avec des cheveux sales et longs, une barbe et un kilt. Là je ne vois pas grand chose d'intéressant. Peut-être un parallèle avec du ski nautique, mais l'idée est tellement naze que je vais vite l'ôter de mon crâne. J'ai bien pigé l'idée du gars narcissique et compagnie, mais je trouve le sujet trop fade. Peut-être que ça deviendra plus clair avec une autre photo de la collection.
33xiT Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Gimme a needle please ;)
cheekytosspot Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, sweetie. We know why one arm is bigger than the other.
MrNez37 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Je trouve que les hommes si musclés sont imposant et à la fois 'ridicule' par leur posture plastique :')
J'adore l'idée de créer cet instant avec de pures inconnus
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March 19, 2012
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