The strong contrasts and geometric shapes of the salt marshes remind me of abstract paintings. I decided to create a landscape series making reference to famous paintings, while expressing the same powerful emotions as paintings of Sanyu, Zao Wou-Ki, Rothko, or Miró can provoke.
"A painting is not a picture of an experience, it is an experience."I deeply think we should all do with a bit more of Rothko’s principles in our way of photographing: insisting on the primacy of raw emotion, to push the boundaries of form and color to make photos appear as “painting-like” as possible.– Mark Rothko
My series was taken with my head and my camera pointing directly downwards.
- Magali Chesnel
I am an artist painter and self-taught photographer. Born in Versailles and a native of Brittany, France. I work in Geneva, Switzerland. I really enjoy having the flexibility of stretching my wings, in order to explore all the moments that life has to offer to photography.
I specialize in capturing “the moment” in the course of life, more than fixed times. When I am taking photos, I usually have no expectations. I go fishing and I don't know what I will find. To catch the decisive second that will make my photographs entrancing, when the moment is captured, causing an emotion, is my ultimate objective. My ambition: to be a witness of my time, to anticipate events with news photos, to inform the public and to raise awareness, with ethics.