Robert Droulers was a painter of the so-called ‘Groupe de Roubaix’ a group of artists famous in northern France in the 1950/60s. In 1963, he left Roubaix for Murs, in the southern region of  Leburon. He was also a sculptor and a designer. He died 20 years ago and his work is being re-discovered nowadays with an exhibition taking place at the Septentrion gallery in Lille, northern France from September 13 to October 12, 2014.  ‘Robert Droulers, the light from north to south’ is a film I made to be screened during the exhibition. It is not about gardens but very much about landscape…

Back to Paris

October 12, 2013

I was silent in the last couple of months. In fact, I was moving back to Paris after five years spent in Rome. I have several projects on the way : A short film on André Le Nôtre and the Parc de Sceaux that I shot a few weeks ago, another film on the Bosco della Ragnaia which I am finishing editing. And I walk in the streets of Vincennes where I live -nearby the Bois- and the small towns around, Fontenay sous Bois, Montreuil. After five years in Italy, I re-discover Paris and the suburb with the eyes of a tourist…

 

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My second short film on the Bosco, “Winter in the Bosco della Ragania” is online and will be shown shortly on the garden’s website.

Sheppard Craige, the artist building the garden wrote the text and explains some parts of the place, “the center of the universe” and “The tabernacle of the big certainties”.

The ‘Bosco della Ragnaia” is the garden I know the best for having spent days there during different seasons to take images.

Auguri

January 9, 2013

Auguri !  I wish you a happy new year…

I was commissioned to make a second film on the Bosco della Ragnaia during wintertime so I went there last week  to shoot the first sequences. As I was filming very early morning, I took pictures of this series of thoughts engraved by Sheppard Craige in the garden. They might become my motto for the coming year.

 

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I am in London for the Olympic Games. When crossing Russell square late in the evening, I discovered a sound and light installation in the trees. It is called Breathing Trees and lasts until Friday July 27.

 

The short documentary on the Bosco della Ragnaia I shot in May is online. The film was commissioned by Sheppard Craige, the artist making  this incredible garden, to keep the record of the place as it was in spring 2012. It was really nice to work with him as he gave me full freedom to shoot the documentary.  He didn’t want to be in the film, but I finally managed to convince him to record his voice and to appear very briefly in a sequence.

I have done radio documentaries for France-Culture and BBC Radio4 and this is my first try at doing a documentary film on a garden. It is not an easy thing as a garden is very quiet, doesn’t move much. It is all about contemplation and slow movement. I wanted the film to be also a portrait of an artist.

My friends Bernadette Dupont in Belgium and Laure in Paris, who are both producing movies, gave me useful advices during the editing and several friends photographers or working in the design field sent me also their views on the first versions I made. Thanks to everyone!

I know I will keep going on with the Bosco as Sheppard already asked me to shoot a second film, something very different,  next autumn and winter. I am also looking forward to shoot films on other gardens.