DnaEuropeInterview with Francis Meslet; Published in our print edition #08

In fact I visit a lot of abandoned places in different sectors: industrial, health, religious, education, entertainment and of course private homes. With "Home" I go closer to the secrets of people. This unique feeling of being passed on the other side of the mirror as an invisible traveler in time. 

A graduate in Design from the Fine Art School of Nancy in 1986, early in his career Francis Meslet was a designer, but soon turned to advertising when he joined several agencies as an artistic director.

After 30 years spent questioning the creative concept and studying images in all his compositions, he is now a creative director. Francis does not hesitate to roam the world in his spare time, searching for abandoned sites, sanctuaries where time seems to have stopped after humans have evacuated them. He thus brings back captivating and melancholic images of his travels to the other side of the world…
Like time capsules, testifying to a parallel world and perfect for enabling the mind to wander and ponder,
Francis Meslet’s melancholic images brave the passage of time, making way for silence after the memories left behind by human inhabitation. [Print Version] [Digital Version][Official Website]

How did you get interested in photography?

Photography was part of my apprenticeship, but at the time I was much more interested in graphic design and illustration. I came back to photography 10 years ago when digital began to develop. By dint of retouching the images of other photographers for several years, I told myself “it’s time”.

What inspired you take your “Home” project?

In fact I visit a lot of abandoned places in different sectors: industrial, health, religious, education, entertainment and of course private homes. With “Home” I go closer to the secrets of people. This unique feeling of being passed on the other side of the mirror as an invisible traveler in time.  It is absolutely fascinating to enter a place where people have lived and left their mark behind them: their personal belongings, the furniture, the traces of their habits … sometimes a lifetime can be read between the cobwebs when one push the door of one of these time capsules. We can not help asking questions and referring this show to what will be our own sphere of life when we are gone.

© Francis Meslet

What first drew you to this project? Why did you want to tell this story?

Is it a goal or an end in itself to accumulate material goods throughout a lifetime? To keep so many memories. To consume, to keep all these things until the end of our life. I have seen so many private memories, poignant in the dust … I wonder today what trace do we leave behind us? Is it important to leave a trace? Whose ?

What has been the hardest part of this project?

This type of work includes several parties who each have their difficulties. First of all research … dozens of hours of research and perseverance on the internet to identify places of interest.

Then comes the time of the preparation of the visit. Assess the dangerousness of the place, the difficulty to get in and move safely. To compose with the light of the moment and places often dark. I always work in natural light and I do with the position of the sun at the time of my visit. If the light is really bad, it is possible that I come back again, at another time of the day to benefit from a light more favorable to my project. Not always easy to manage when the places visited are located abroad, several hundred kilometers away.

How would you define your general style photography?

I try to stay as close to reality as possible. To best represent the places visited by staying as faithful as possible to what I felt during the visit. In this sense I would say: realistic, impressionist …

© Francis Meslet
© Francis Meslet

Could you please tell us anything about your technique and creating process?

What to say. As I said, I always work in natural light. This requires the use of a tripod and sometimes very long poses can go up to several minutes if the place is very dark. When I arrive in a place, there are of course some very obvious shots to do that are repeated from place to place. Then I work a lot on instinct and feeling. I place myself and frame according to the ambient light of what I feel when I move. I do not touch objects that are in a room. Unless, exceptionally, the place has been vandalized. I try to find the place of furniture as they were. Regarding the processing of images, it is in perpetual evolution. When I look at the images that I processed just 3 months ago, I say to myself, my God, I do not do that anymore now. I must say that with time I intervene less and less on the buttons. Most of the work sometimes involves erasing graffiti or removing a box of soda thrown on the floor. Photoshop, I fell in version 1.0 in the 80s. In my job I work on computer all day since the appearance of the first Macintosh. I have this advantage of mastering the workflow of digital images for a long time. I use Lightroom to catalog and process my photos and I go back and forth with photoshop when necessary.

 In your opinion, what is a good place to have a deserted place?

A good photo is first of all a good light. To arrive at the right moment. Position yourself correctly. To grasp the peculiarity of the place in its architecture or organization. To restore as much as possible the atmosphere of abandonment thanks to the materials. Know how to identify and capture the traces that can account for the state of abandonment and the trace of time that has passed on this place, like wrinkles on a face.

How do you prepare for photography?

It’s variable. I can spend 30 minutes stalling my tripod, choose the best angle, change my settings … I can also shoot very fast in a few seconds. It depends on my mental freshness and what inspires me in a place.

What do you think makes a memorable project?

A memorable project is a project that is remembered by definition. A project that brings the “viewer” to ask questions and draw from it his own answers.

How do you know you got the shot you wanted?

I know I have the shot I wanted as I look at my pictures on my computer at home. Of course at the time of doing this shot I put all the chances on my side not to miss my shot. I keep in mind the image of what I saw and felt. I had sometimes very good surprises but also some disappointments on views in which I had placed a lot of hope and which turned out to be any.

© Francis Meslet
© Francis Meslet

Your idea of the perfect composition?

There is no “one” perfect composition. Everything is a function of the moment, the place, the light … There are several possibilities each time. But if I absolutely have to give a definition, the perfect composition is the one that will make it easier for the “viewer” to enter and travel in the image.

What would i find in your camera bag?

Too many things. I remember the weight of my bag on my shoulders when I spend 14 hours standing up to take photos, walk, run, climb, crawl, climb … my bag is always too heavy. There is a 24×36 full frame Nikon D750, a Nikon 14-24 f2.8 lens, a Nikon 24x-70 f2.8 lens, and an IRIX 11mm f4. Sometimes a 50mm f1.4, chargers, batteries, cables, flashlights, cereal bars and a bottle of water … toilet paper and a lot of other things I keep for myself.

© Francis Meslet
© Francis Meslet

What future plans do you have? What projects would you like to accomplish?

My future plans I keep them for me. We are in a world and at a time when urban exploration is very fashionable. With the success of social networks the images circulate very quickly. We often see endless replicas of some images that we made a few months or years ago. So the more one is discreet about his projects, the better. What is certain is that I will continue to explore abandoned places around the world. Less and better depending on my availability of my means and my desires. Make other books, prepare other exhibitions and especially seek to reach an audience that is not used to urban exploration. It’s this audience that interests me. The majority of the community of urbexeurs is occupied, most of the time, to be measured which with the greatest … I passed the age of this kind of competition. I want to touch people, make them think about the iconographic content, the message of an image. In this case, sporting or transgressive performance does not matter to me.

Finally, on the question. What opinion do you have of our print edition?

Really, can I say it? Very nice paper, beautiful selection, beautiful content. For graphic design and calibration of typography there is still a little work in my opinion to be up to the content. Remember, this is my job. I am uncompromising on this side. Go see me we will talk about a new model for the next issue.



Legal Note: The photographer attest that have full authorization to give consent to the publication of these photos or project and have the authorization and permissions of third parties. Guarantees that you have all the necessary communications of property and you have obtained all the necessary authorizations for any property, buildings, architecture, structures or sculptures appearing in your photographs.

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/BAnImage.jpg

ImageRights provides intelligent image search and copyright enforcement services to photo agencies and professional photographers worldwide.

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/view.jpg
Share your most best images in this photo contest in collaboration with ViewBug. A community that hosts over 40 photo contests and challenges.
300x250

With ON1 Photo RAW you get the professional photo editing tools every photographer needs to get professional results while keeping your workflow.

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Z.jpg

Simply Stunning Landscapes – Would you like to capture stunning landscapes every time you shoot… without having to travel far from home?

RELATED STORIES
I found fireflies in my dream, talking to a strange, drunk and dead man! by Fábio Miguel Roque

B&WConceptEuropeI found fireflies in my dream, talking to a strange, drunk and dead man! by Fábio Miguel Roque

In 2016, I published my "Fireflies" work far the first time, in the form of a book, in an effort to describe the troubled time I was in. I found myself in the turmoil of a divorce, the separation from my son, a change of job, the move another place to live and efforts to adapt to this situation and pick up life.
Emotional Photography; Love story of Cristina Venedict

ConceptEuropeEmotional Photography; Love story of Cristina Venedict

This series of photographs presents a love story that passes through different stages until it reaches to the stability and emotional maturity that we all crave for in a relationship.
Made of sap and blood by William Guilmain

B&WConceptEuropeMade of sap and blood by William Guilmain

I always had been fascinated by the concept of specie’s evolution. In this work I wanted to shed light the proximity between the vegetable kingdom and the human body. I chose to use an analogic camera and instantaneous film because of the fragility, oneness, ephemeral and random characteristics of the life. 
Deborah Roffel ; The beauty of the tension between the static and the dynamic.

EuropeFeaturedShotDeborah Roffel ; The beauty of the tension between the static and the dynamic.

Since 2007 I work together with Evgeniy Levchenko to independent photo shoots. It started when I met him as a footballer at FC Groningen football club (for which I photographed), he was a professional midfielder.
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/insta.jpg
Gordon Parks: Photography as a weapon against segregation

DodhersGordon Parks: Photography as a weapon against segregation

Gordon Parks' photographs tell of a black world. Images that documented the life of the poor of America, of its workers and its inhabitants. 
Deconstruction by Lilyan Aloma

AmericaConceptDeconstruction by Lilyan Aloma

The images in this body of work reflect my ongoing fascination with urban environments and the impact that commerce has on them. It is my attempt to resolve the visual tension created by the over-development of the city that I have lived in and loved most of my life.
RANDOM STORIES
Matej Hubcej ; Amateur photographer

B&WEuropeShotMatej Hubcej ; Amateur photographer

My name is Matej Hubcej and I am 33 years old. I am an amateur photographer and it means that I don´t make my living by photography.
Five minutes with Sonja Hesslow

DnaEuropeFive minutes with Sonja Hesslow

Some times I just make something spontaneously in my living room just because I want to create something new and just have fun
Little Ghosts by Emilie Arfeuil

EuropeStoryLittle Ghosts by Emilie Arfeuil

Dwarfs, with a deformed or child-like body, dressed up and made up to frighten audiences in a Ghost House, and it instantly brings to mind old freaks shows. It shocks immediately, as a terrible step backwards in terms of human rights, a disabilities.
Distant Shores campaign for The Organic Sheep – Morten Germund

ConceptEuropeDistant Shores campaign for The Organic Sheep – Morten Germund

Finalist Sony World Photo Awards 2014 - I was approached by the company “The Organic Sheep”, which is a company importing sheep-skin from Iceland and the Faroe Islands, for interior purposes.
Street Photography by Damian Milczarek

CityEuropeStreet Photography by Damian Milczarek

Damian Milczarek – born in 1984 in Sochaczew. He is a graduate of the international relations department at Lazarski University in Warsaw and the sociology department at SWPS University. An IT specialist in the telecommunications industry. He began his adventure with photography in 2009. Since then, he has been constantly studying its secrets, wandering the streets of cities in search of interesting stories. In 2018 he won the Siena International Photo Awards and the Italian...
Ten Days in Tokyo by Olga Sondyk

EuropeStoryTen Days in Tokyo by Olga Sondyk

This is a diary of the western visitor who wants to monumentalize everyday life where all details matters and every object has its own importance and beauty.
Boxing Notes by Giuseppe Cardoni

B&WEuropeStoryBoxing Notes by Giuseppe Cardoni

Nonna Mira, the real boxing enthusiast of the family, set her alarm for 3 a.m. and called my father and me (just a boy) to watch big matches live from Madison Square Garden in New York.
African Photographer, A profession in transition by Adrien Tache

EuropeStoryAfrican Photographer, A profession in transition by Adrien Tache

African Photographer A profession in transition The uncertain balance of a job between two eras.Mohamed, Omar, Diallo or Siby are African and photographers. These ʻpictures catcherʼ come from Mauritania, Senegal,Guinea Conakry, Mali and Burkina Faso.
Tsaatan – The last reinder tribe by Matteo Maimone

B&WEuropeStoryTsaatan – The last reinder tribe by Matteo Maimone

In Mongolia to the discovery of the last reindeer Dukha men and shamanic rituals. Mongolia is most impressive landscape with a strong spirituality. We start from the tales of the conquests by Genghis Khan and his valiant warriors and then we move on to the beauty that only nature can constantly give.
FEATURED STORIES
Haenyeo; Grandma divers by Alain Schroeder

B&WEuropeFeaturedShotHaenyeo; Grandma divers by Alain Schroeder

South Korea, Jeju island, known for its characteristic basalt volcanic rock, sits off South Korea. It is the home of the renowned Haenyeo or women of the sea who free dive off the black shores of Jeju harvesting delicacies from the sea.
China; The great wall by Chiara Felmini

EuropeFeaturedStoryChina; The great wall by Chiara Felmini

China is almost a continent and as such can offer extremes and opposites at the same time; the ancient and very distant culture can still be observed in remote villages, increasingly surrounded by the advancing and swallowing civilization.
South Sudan; Smoker women by Ana Maria Robles

AmericaFeaturedShotSouth Sudan; Smoker women by Ana Maria Robles

These women smoke tobacco, an ancient custom that marks their ancestry, identity and tribal pride. Their attitude was strong. Fierce. They were active participants of every ceremony and the Leaders of the communities. 
Descendants of Samurai Ryotaro Horiuchi

AsiaFeaturedShotDescendants of Samurai Ryotaro Horiuchi

In the Soma region of Fukushima prefecture, there is a traditional Samurai festival called “Soma Nomaoi”, which is said to have continued for more than 1000 years.
François Mitterrand by Diego Goldberg

AmericaB&WFeaturedStoryFrançois Mitterrand by Diego Goldberg

I lived in France from 1976 to 1980. While there I had been covering the Socialist Party and when François Mitterrand decided to be a candidate again for the presidential elections I wrote him a letter with a project to document his campaign from the inside, with total access to his private and political activities.
Golden Gate; The Bridge, Reconstructed by Michael Yuan

AmericaCityFeaturedGolden Gate; The Bridge, Reconstructed by Michael Yuan

I wanted to challenge the perceptions of the Golden Gate Bridge. In solid red-orange and spanning 1.7 miles long, the Golden Gate Bridge is an icon of San Francisco.
The Orthogenesis of Soul by Sandipan Mukherjee

AsiaB&WConceptFeaturedThe Orthogenesis of Soul by Sandipan Mukherjee

We are all aware about the theory of biologically evaluation for Jean Baptist Lamarck. The theory tells about the evaluation of human how the structure of APE has got transferred to the today’s human being.
Protest in Brooklyn; Blessed to breathe by Bill Livingston

AmericaB&WFeaturedStoryProtest in Brooklyn; Blessed to breathe by Bill Livingston

When George Floyd’s life was unnecessarily and brutally snuffed out by Minneapolis law enforcement on May 25, it was yet another final straw…and that straw was set ablaze around the globe.
Photographs; North Carolina State Fair by Avery Danziger

AmericaCityFeaturedPhotographs; North Carolina State Fair by Avery Danziger

I have been photographing the North Carolina State Fair since the early 70's. One of my oldest memories was the yearly outing of my family going to the State Fair in North Carolina, starting when I was 6 year old.... 
OTHER STORIES
X
stay in touch
Join our mailing list and we'll keep you up to date with all the latest stories, opportunities, calls and more.
We use Sendinblue as our marketing platform. By Clicking below to submit this form, you acknowledge that the information you provided will be transferred to Sendinblue for processing in accordance with their terms of use
We’d love to
Thank you for subscribing!
Submission
Dodho Magazine accepts submissions from emerging and professional photographers from around the world.
Their projects can be published among the best photographers and be viewed by the best professionals in the industry and thousands of photography enthusiasts. Dodho magazine reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted project. Due to the large number of presentations received daily and the need to treat them with the greatest respect and the time necessary for a correct interpretation our average response time is around 5/10 business days in the case of being accepted.
- Between 10/30 images of your best images, in case your project contains a greater number of images which are part of the same indivisible body of work will also be accepted. You must send the images in jpg format to 1200px and 72dpi and quality 9. (No borders or watermarks)
- A short biography along with your photograph. (It must be written in the third person)
- Title and full text of the project with a minimum length of 300 words. (Texts with lesser number of words will not be accepted)
This is the information you need to start preparing your project for its presentation
To send it, you must compress the folder in .ZIP format and use our Wetransfer channel specially dedicated to the reception of works. Links or projects in PDF format will not be accepted. All presentations are carefully reviewed based on their content and final quality of the project or portfolio. If your work is selected for publication in the online version, it will be communicated to you via email and subsequently it will be published.
Issue #14 | September 2020
Current Issue
Vicky Martin
Ryotaro Horiuchi
Susanne Mildeelberg
Diego Bardone
Nicky Hamilton
Alain Schroeder
Printed on 80# matte paper 22x28cm | 100 Pages
Showroom
September 7 to October 31, 2020
Julia Fullerton-Batten
LOOKING OUT FROM WITHIN
Get in touch
How can we help? Got an idea or something you'd like share? Please use the adjacent form, or contact contact@dodho.com
Thank You. We will contact you as soon as possible.
Dodho Magazine is pleased to announce the new call for the photographers selection from all over the world that will be presented in an exceptional edition.
Deadline: Monday, November 30, 2020
Photo by ©Ryotaro Horiuchi | Japan | Issue#14
Dodho Magazine is pleased to announce the new call for the photographers selection from all over the world that will be presented in an exceptional edition.
Deadline: Monday, November 30, 2020
Photo by ©Ryotaro Horiuchi | Japan | Issue#14
CALL
FOR ENTRIES
Dodho Magazine is pleased to announce the new call for the photographers selection from all over the world that will be presented in an exceptional edition.
Are you ready?
Deadline: Monday, November 30, 2020
Contact
How can we help? Got an idea or something you'd like share? Please use the adjacent form, or contact contact@dodho.com
Thank You. We will contact you as soon as possible.
Submission
Dodho Magazine accepts submissions from emerging and professional photographers from around the world.
Their projects can be published among the best photographers and be viewed by the best professionals in the industry and thousands of photography enthusiasts. Dodho magazine reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted project. Due to the large number of presentations received daily and the need to treat them with the greatest respect and the time necessary for a correct interpretation our average response time is around 5/10 business days in the case of being accepted. This is the information you need to start preparing your project for its presentation.
To send it, you must compress the folder in .ZIP format and use our Wetransfer channel specially dedicated to the reception of works. Links or projects in PDF format will not be accepted. All presentations are carefully reviewed based on their content and final quality of the project or portfolio. If your work is selected for publication in the online version, it will be communicated to you via email and subsequently it will be published.
NEW!
FOLLOW US.
Subscribe now and get a free access to a curated list of resources.
Feel free to contact.
2017 (C) All rights reserved.
ghfd
February 28, 2021
Don't forget the date