CHATEAU D’ECOUEN, FRANCE
Black and white photograph of the Château d’Écouen by Ferrante Ferranti. The artist explores the vestiges of the past through the play of light and shadow created by the sun. With the soul of an archaeologist, this architect by training combines his photographic work with his passion for antiquity and the Baroque.
Length : 1.18 in / 3 cm
Height : 11.81 in / 30 cm
Width : 11.81 in / 30 cm
Weigth : 2.2 lb / 1 kg
Artist : Ferrante Ferranti
Category : Photographs, Architecture, Black and white
Technique: Digital photography
Support: Fine Art barium paper beaded on dibond
Frame: Black lacquer wood
Dimensions: 27 x 27 cm
Number of copies: 21 signed and numbered prints
“I construct each image with the awareness of the photographic act, but I cannot write with light without shadow. It is the ink of the visions that punctuate the wanderings guided by the sun. It is she who sculpts the spaces of the medinas and palm groves, the courtyards of mosques and the reflections of the canals. It is always the shadow that cuts, at the equinox or solstice, the rays carved in the stone of the temple of Abu Simbel or loaded with incense in the abbey of Ganagobie. And draws the flames of the candles that vibrate in the Sevillian naves inhabited during Holy Week. I learned framing by observing painting, and I completed my architectural studies in order to be a scenographer. I graduated with a study on the role of Baroque architects in the theater, and on the effects of perspective in illusory sets. This work made me understand the difference between natural compositions and symbolic staging. The images to which I remain attached are the most “mysterious”. They aim to underline, in our era where the virtual reigns, the border between the possible and the artifice, the visible and the invisible.”
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Born January 13, 1960 in Algeria, of a Sardinian mother and a Sicilian father. He took his first photograph at the age of eighteen, a wave in Belle-Île-en-Mer. Passionate about Fernand Pouillon’s book, Les Pierres Sauvages, he began training as an architect in Toulouse, which he completed at Paris-UP6 in 1985 with a diploma in Theaters and scenography in the Baroque era. Traveling photographer, he has been involved for thirty years with Dominique Fernandez in a joint exploration of the Baroque and the different layers of civilizations, from Syria to Bolivia via Sicily and Saint Petersburg. His photographs dialogue with the texts of the writer, who defines him in the album Itinerrances (Actes Sud, 2013) as “the inventor of a language which links the sun to the ruins, in search of the meaning hidden in the forms” .