I record Life. The world as I see it. My aim is not to show things as they are. I want to modify them, extract them from reality to give them a new dimension in relation to real life, or completely offset.
I’m not looking for folklore, but for a kind of underlying truth. I try to create single images, independent of each other. I’m often told that my training as an architect is reflected in my photographs. I like to show the human being surrounded and confronted to what he built. Lost in an immensity or surrounded by material. In any case I seek the trace of a passage, of a story. It is very interesting to look for these signs in a city. Even if seen as cold and impersonal, it carries the traces of human choices. Nothing is left to chance, everything is the result of a planned and thoughtful collective work. And when the space is left blank, it is still a choice.
It is a way of talking about our choices of a lifestyle. By extrapolation it is also a way of addressing more spiritual and philosophical questions in relation to our situation and the image we have of ourselves. Photography allows me to ask questions that I think are interesting, beyond simple graphic compositions. My approach is humble, with no answers, only questions. Some situations leave me skeptical, and I think it is interesting for an artist to share his doubts as to highlight particularly beautiful moments. The medium allows me talking about our greatness as our worst meanness.
Black and White simplifies images to the maximum, keeping only the essentials. I also love it for its classic and timeless beauty. B&W seems to make an impression in a more direct and persistently way. It focuses on the very moment and do not embarrass with frills. They are elegant, delicate and absolute.
These photos sum up trips over a ten year period in the largest cities around the world.
About Cyrille Druart
Cyrille Druart was born in 1980 in Paris. His interest in Art leads to experimenting various fields from an early age. In parallel with Design studies at ESAG-Penninghen in Paris, he learns photography by himself and begins travelling in order to make images. Regularly browsing large cities wandering randomly, he uses almost exclusively black and white as means of representation. The goal is not only to freeze time, but to take off fragments of reality to create individual images, made of a substance of their own. [Official Website]