Firefly - Attractions Nocturnes

Nicolas Auvray

Year:

2013

Media:

Silver Gelatin Print

Size (cm):

40 x 40 x 1

London 2018

Other works

One - Attractions Nocturnes

Nicolas Auvray

Year:

2015

Media:

Silver Gelating Print

Size (cm):

40 x 40 x 1

London 2018

Stardust - Attractions Nocturnes

Nicolas Auvray

Year:

2015

Media:

Silver Gelatin Print

Size (cm):

40 x 40 x 1

London 2018

Biography

I was born in France. After several years living in various countries around the world (USA, China, Austria, Australia and Singapore), I moved to New York in 2005 where I currently lives.
I have been a fine art photographer for 25 years; first as an amateur but eventually making it my full-time occupation. I studied at the International Center of Photography (I.C.P.) in New York where I still collaborate as a teaching assistant to master printers.
For my work, I use analogue cameras in medium and large format. I am a printer and produce my own work in the traditional silver gelatin in Paris and in New York. I am primarily a photographer however the silver gelatin printing is a direct extension of my process and approach and it usually best conveys my vision. I print in all formats through mural up to 120 cm x 150 cm. I do also use digital printing.
In 2017, a selection of my work enters the photography collection of the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF). The BnF is one of the foremost collections of photographs and prints in the world.
I strongly believe in artist collaboration and I co-founded the photographers collective « Reveal art » with photographer’s Wendy Paton.
In France, I am represented by Galerie HEGOA – 16, rue de Beaune – PARIS 7ème

Artist statement

My work is a search to capture the extraordinary atmosphere of dreamlike realities. It is a sensuous exploration of the day and night where I use both the light as well as the “set” of reality to create a theatrical presence. My project of night photographs is ongoing and is composed of several independent and complete portfolios: “Night Attractions” ; “American Attractions”, “Bella Ros, “Lisa”, “shady Characters”. The image proposed here are from “Night Attractions”.
I rely on traditional photographic materials to capture these realities. Using medium and large format film camera and a darkroom to print my photographs, my pursuit for the dreamlike atmosphere continues in this process.
My pursuit of an ambience entailed by transitions and waiting times pulls toward a state akin to a rite of passage. Here, public gardens appear as gentle havens and twisted trees signal the way to Eden for the lonesome urban inhabitants, bringing tenderness and unexpected solace into the familiar experience of solitude. Beyond extraordinary, there are too many dark voids for us to feel completely comfortable with the aesthetic component. Transitional spaces and desolate zones—doors, stairways, bridges, and tunnels—bring us face-to-face with a symbolic dimension that invites us on a course of nocturnal wandering or a temporary escape into a world that is affecting, perplexing, mesmerizing, even menacing”.

My project “Attractions Nocturnes” is a series of night photographs. Walking through the cities at night, I have discovered that to me night is not a “time of day” but is a radically strange space within which our perception of reality is changed. Familiar places are re-discovered, figures appear and disappear in the darkness where metamorphosis and transitions take place. In these images, the city is a metaphor. Whether it is Paris, Stockholm or New York- spectators are invited to explore other worlds and be transported in dreamlike scenes to follow their aspirations, and maybe, deeper, darker passions and to look further into their identities.
Beyond the apparent familiarity I look for the palpable phantasmagoric element that provokes a sense of mystery, the sort of feeling that belongs to the imaginative state of being lost in time.