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Fascinating World Of Traditional Life


In our ultra-modern societies where technology dictates our lives and shapes our behavior, where change is continuous and the word friends rhymes with social networks, are we still aware of the existence of a world where people live off the land in houses they built with their own hands? Are we still conscious of this precious balance of the Nature that feeds us?

This world where men, women and children live in the tradition of their ancestors is vast and scattered across all continents. Nevertheless, a lifestyle based on the traditions and customs of previous generations is not synonymous with poverty or the rejection of the modern world. Worshiping the gods in one’s customs, weaving one’s clothes, raising livestock or making one’s soap are all inherited activities of a culture we all come from.

During the journeys I have made over the past seven years in the remote villages of various countries, I had the privilege of meeting fascinating people in their daily lives, in their approach to community and the vision they hold of their society. Their hospitality and open-mindedness allowed me to show, through this series of portraits and scenes of daily life, people living in remote and inaccessible areas, and though poor communities economically, they remain rich in their cultures based on traditions and sharing.

This book is a tribute to those people who are proud to preserve the traditions of their ancestors and to make it a model for their children in order to live in a world where the precious balance between nature and mankind remains sustainable.

Copyright: 2017, Zestemotion
ISBN: 978-2-9701130-1-0
A4, Colour, 380 pages

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From East to West - Pictures of Poland in the 90's


I was only nine years old when I left Poland with my parents. That was in 1977. Returning fifteen years later, I felt nostalgia, but I also felt like I was an outsider. This has sometimes been to my advantage, as not being used to the routine of daily life in the country allowed me to detect the magical moments, the unusual and peculiar aspects.

It was important to me to show a people, a country and a culture, such as I had seen in my childhood. Many times, the Polish were surprised when I was photographing the streets and the people, these scenes seeming trivial or ugly. But for me, it was the way back to my memories, memories of times where everything was possible.

Indeed, this Poland of the 90s wasn’t yet standardized, and as well-organized as the Western countries. It was still a country where everyone was tinkering around and mending things as they could, where imagination was the main tool to solve the daily challenges.

It was this improvised side of everyday life that had me most fascinated, and which symbolized this freedom of spirit that I have remembered of this country, where I have yet hardly lived.

Copyright: 2017, Zestemotion
ISBN: 978-2-9701130-2-7
A4, black and white

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In Between Moments - On the streets of Paris


The streets in Paris, like in many major cities, offer a live performance, where the actors play themselves: passers-by immersed in their daily lives, walking side by side on the sidewalks of the city without seeing one another, absorbed in their own thoughts, faces daydreaming, remembering, imagining… All this leads to eyes meeting, people talking, others waiting or looking where there is nothing to see.

These are moments in between actions, in between turning points, where something has happened, and where something else is about to happen. And yet this ‘in-between’ that many of us live every day is an opportunity to think about, to look at, or to come across many things. Perhaps it is in those moments that most things happen, without us even noticing.

These are the moments that have been put into images, moments where we see new faces, where we meet people we don’t know and others we recognize. We make decisions, we get inspired by urban landscapes, we blend into the crowd and we forget we are on the street.

Copyright: 2017, Zestemotion
ISBN: 978-2-9701130-3-4
A4, black and white

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Kabul, Children of the Civil War


In early May 1994, we arrive in Kabul. The city is located on a high plateau, and the heat is less stifling than in the other cities through which we passed. The wind is strong and the air filled with dust.

From time to time, I can hear gunfire in the distance, but the fighting front has shifted to the northern areas and the situation is stable enough for the moment in the capital.

When talking about the war, we think of soldiers, bombs, shootings, we imagine blocked roads, destroyed bridges, collapsed buildings in streets where disoriented people wander.

It is true, combat zones are terrifying. But there are also places were none of this exists, places very close from these combat zones. These are places where buildings are still standing, where people live, waiting for the war to end. People from different backgrounds and different social classes, all gathered in these makeshift shelters.

Almost all schools are occupied by these thousands of refugee families who fled the bombarded neighborhoods of the city. Classrooms are divided into several rooms by hanging simple sheets. There is no privacy, no work, and very little humanitarian aid.

This series of pictures is a tribute to the memory of all these men, women and children who have lived for years in fear and misery, their only weapon being determination and the hope that one day the war would come to an end.

Copyright: 2017, Zestemotion
ISBN: 978-2-9701130-4-1
A4, black and white

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