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I like his view of the world. I like his photographic work. Marie-Ange Ostré is globe-trotter and diver, like me. She has just published her first book and it is a pleasure to rediscover her images thus highlighted.
From Greenland to the Marquesas Islands, from Brazil to Namibia, from Indonesian rice fields to the lagoons of the Bahamas, blogging photographer and globetrotter Marie-Ange Ostré takes us on incredible journeys. And her sincere enthusiasm to share them, to tell their stories, to give us the opportunity to see, through her eyes, these distant horizons, touches me a lot.
Taking photos has become commonplace, accessible to all, with the progress of digital. But to take pictures is different.
It is to look at the world, to have a point of view. And then dare, possibly, confront him, submit him to other looks.
"For years, I have not been traveling without my camera; he is my alter ego, my log book, my accomplice and my reminder sometimes. "
Marie-Ange's introductory words sum up the philosophy of this book well. I can imagine what it must have cost her to sort and select the photographs she wanted to collect in her first book. The accompanying texts have the grace to remain short, to let the image speak for itself.
Nature and encounters
Page after page, it is first of all a tribute to the splendour of nature, be it beach, desert, geyser or jungle. Landscapes conducive to escape, to dream, to wonder.
And then there are the looks and the faces crossed in these distant latitudes. Men and women who have transformed the journey into an encounter.
So far, so close ... I like this "look on the planet" that goes beyond the easy aestheticism of exotic images. This gaze set with frankness and respect on the other.
No doubt my perception is a little biased: I read the blog of Marie-Ange, A world elsewhere, for so long, that I know the history of each of these photographs almost! This familiarity explains that I have so much pleasure to admire them again on paper (it changes the screen).
Still. We share a bit of the raw happiness that the photographer had to realize his images, I think ... I have the impression to perceive the sensations that had to go through when triggering. Shock, curiosity, emotion. Shyness, too, sometimes.
The set exudes a beautiful serenity, something soothing, that makes you want to travel the world. To pose on the planet an optimistic look. And this, despite the alert messages of the author, which reminds us between two chapters threats to our Earth.
Marie-Ange Ostré has already recounted the beautiful adventure of this book on her blog. I therefore invite you, via the links below, to follow her through her words, she confides her joy as much as her doubts... → His book: A Look at the Planet