Planet earth at night. Seeing the world from above. Everywhere mankind has transformed the landscape, illustrated by the lights of the cities shining in the dark.
Planet earth seen from its depths. A wild and spontaneous swinging. Instinctive. Organic.
Ce qu’il reste is not about rupture. It’s a change of perspective, a movement of come and go from one side to the other, reminding that the environment shaped and controlled by mankind is also fragile and ephemeral. Some things die, others appear. Transform. Regenerate.
Ce qu’il reste is an invitation to travel - in space, but also in time. A journey through images created with a camera. Photography itself is often considered as the medium of the ephemeral. It shows us a moment that undeniably belongs to the past, reveals our passages in a constantly changing reality, like a scar recalling our memories: a metaphor of the fragility of human existence. But it is that same medium which eventually leads the spectator to a change of perspective, showing what remains when the same spaces are left by those who once inhabited them, with their individual stories and collective memories. Far from the turmoil of men, in the silent depths of the earth, an imperturbable and majestic movement continues its slow trajectory undertaken hundreds of millions of years ago. And maybe for eternity.
Ce qu'il reste
published by XYZ Books
Photographs: Bénédicte Blondeau
Editing: Bénédicte Blondeau, Tiago Casanova and Pedro Guimarães
Design: Joana Durães
Prepress: Pedro Guimarães
cover: copper paper (offset print + silk screen)
inside: 24 duotone plates and 4 CMYK plates
20 x 28 cm
Edition of 450 copies
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Finalist for Photo España’s best book award (international category) and shortlisted for the ADAGP MAD Revelation Artist Book Award.
Honorable mention at the DGLab Book Design Awards 2020 and nominated for the Best Book Design from All Over the World 2021 - German Book Art Foundation (Stiftung Buchkunst).