• 16 May 2019

From painting to cinema and finally photography, the Artist Lucie Ternisien tells us her story and her approach.

Artwork by Photographer Lucie Ternisien

Princess Walk, 2014 © Lucie Ternisien

Her path

I came to photography through painting, which I practiced for several years as a child and as a teenager. Later on, I inherited a camera and started photographing the streets and its characters, as well as my environment. Photography then led me to cinematography. Today, I practice both concurrently. I majored in film studies at La Fémis, which also enabled me to sharpen my eye in photography. Indeed, I work on shoots as a director or cinematographer, which inspires me in the work of my frames and in the capture of light. I find these two practices quite complementary, and my photography is inspired by the stories that can be told from fragments, from moments of reality.

Her artistic statement

My main inspirations are painting, cinema and poetry. It is about undertaking a photographic approach inspired by great photographers such as Alex Webb and Martin Parr. Thus, my themes are mainly about being, dwelling on the question of what it means to be in our environment. To that end, I try to encapsulate moments of poetry or grace that characterize reality in order to identify societal and humanist issues: loneliness, power, encounter, irony. I seek to create a kind of painting representing what being has become in our modern society, what it leaves behind in its environment, and how it lives. The choice of working in digital is a way to capture everything that catches my eye, without limit. The choice of my focal lengths, mainly 40 mm or 28 mm, goes with an approach of involvement of the camera towards the subject because it requires to get closer to the subject. The work of light and color is also very important in order to reveal these accidents of color and light with which everyday life is filled, and to emphasize them through the frame. I try to draw the viewer’s attention to details of everyday life, to his/her society, and to his/her own condition. Through the crystallization of the moment, I seek to show the viewer my vision and the poetry I see in reality. Through the work of the frame and light, the subject reveals himself/herself and, consequently reveals to the viewer the poetry in what he/she knows; his everyday world.

Artwork by Photographer Lucie Ternisien

Unrecognised Prostitution, 2015 © Lucie Ternisien

Her evolution

My practice is constantly evolving. I take pictures day by day, and my approach changes. Today I am learning how to work with longer focal lengths, for example. I also focus on series, rather than on individual photography. I will soon dedicate myself to on a series of photos inspired by a book entitled “Liquidation de Kertesz”, on the occasion of a reading by Marc-Antoine Vaugeois. This will be my first approach to a series with staging. The themes addressed in the book are close to mine, namely the human condition, but this time with a staged approach. My goal is to continue street photography in committed, societal themes, while always revealing the grace of beings. It is always with a form of gentleness that I want to work, and I see what to come as a continuation of my current Artwork.

Photograph by Artist Lucie Ternisien

Pyramid & Bird, 2017 © Lucie Ternisien

Her exhibitions

I have exhibited twice in Paris, notably in an Artist’s workshop, my series entitled Life Cuts. My first exhibition was the realization of my work, which previously only existed in digital. The pleasure of printing one’s works and seeing a community make the effort to come clearly made me want to exhibit more often. My next exhibition will be at Les Voies Off in Arles, at the beginning of July 2019, as well as at the annual Art-Trope exhibition in October 2019 in Paris.

Her relationship with Art-Trope

The main problem is that of exhibiting. That’s what matters most to me, and I know how difficult it is. Art-Trope is a security, a supervision and a human direction that does me a lot of good. Since I started on my own, it is a relief to see myself supported in my artistic process. In the services offered, it is the human support, especially in the search for exhibition spaces that is the most important to me. It is also a long-term strategy, an insurance that my work can exist within the Contemporary Art market. It is therefore a driving force that encourages me to continue, and to trust my Artwork.

See Lucie Ternisien’s Art-Trope Artist profile here.

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