Friday, March 23, 2012

FOREVER YOUNG


In front of my lens : 1 bunch of triplets, 1 x 3 ladies in red, 3 x 3 braids and 3 x 2 curious eyes.
In front of their eyes : the one & only Eiffel tower and a giant crowd of people discovering one of the most recognizable structures in the world.

On that sunny morning in October we all faced the same : the huge iron lady. But did we also all see the same ? The perception remains distinct from one another. With this shot I tried to picture this moment of "through the eyes of a child". The 3 girls seemed to be on a real adventure discovering for the first time in their life the cultural icon of France. Even the 3 of them had different perceptions, the left one seemed to be amazed by the height of the Eiffel tower, the one in the middle was much more concerned about the huge crowd they were facing and last but not least the girl on the right who only cared about the shadow of the Eiffel tower, displayed on the floor in front of them. A few seconds after having taken the picture she was jumping around the shadow which woke the attention of the others. Only she had paid attention to detail and had a completely different perception and probably memory of that moment she spend on the same day with her look-alike sisters.

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up"

is one of the renowned quotes from Pablo Picasso which unfortunately is true. Yes, by growing up we develop ourselves, we are becoming more mature and more serious. But we lose our unbowed lust for life, our audacity and our spontaneity due to the "have to"s and "should not"s that growing up involves.

His message is to look back and to re-discover what lays inside you instead of  the constant and headless aspiring towards something. Maybe you'll meet the radiant, untroubled, happy-go-lucky kid you've been before. The kid who is just himself with it's feelings, though able to forget himself for hours. We all need this kid because it shows us how to love headless and effortless, to truly enjoy and to live with full commitment and passion.

It takes a long time to become young