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Tuesday
Dec262017

(Un) Still Life by Mathieu Trautmann

Can a story be told with a minimalist still life photograph? Mathieu Trautmann proves this to be true. With his attention to composition combined with a modernist approach to realism, he achieves something new while still feeling familiar. Think of a modern day Johannes Vermeer or Simon Renard de Saint-André with Mr. Trautmann’s object configurations.
 
 
From his bio: "Obsessive with the image and its composition, Mathieu Trautmann has become a photographer to express a singular point of view. His sensitivity is affirmed through the light that brings to his work a softness. This identity values the subject by inscribing it in the heart of a neat world of refined elegance.”
 
With his client roster of Dior Perfums, Chanel, Givenchy, Shiseido, le Bon Marché, Perrier-Jouët Champagne his audience may be more familiar with his commercial work. Specific details make his work distinct: the product constructions are deceptively uncomplicated having very few elements in place. The light and shadows are more critical to the process. With soft lines and a well-curated palette, he brings a purity to the image, a painterly quality that is rare in a time where so much post-production manipulation is prevalent. "I draw my inspiration in painting, and as in painting, I use only one source of light (there is only one sun, right?). But all forms of poetry are important to me, and my photographs must convey them” says Mr. Trautmann.
 
 
With the completion of a show at Galerie Diane de Polignac & Chazournes last November, Mr. Trautmann releases his first book entitled “(Un) Still Life.” In his word: "This series of images is entitled (Un) Still Life, a wink to nature that I don't want to be frozen. It was born from the black and white pear that the luxury leather goods brand Faure Le Page noticed. This old brand publishes today a collection of books around seduction. They left me carte blanche to realize this series. Sensuality, eroticism, sometimes tragedy and even a certain violence, all this accompanied my approach with my constant obsession: giving life to the still life."
 
The images are deceptively quiet in their seduction and require a longer glance. Unlike most of his previous work, Mr. Trautmann limits the vision to one object, which pushes his eye to determine the proper framing of each shape to complete the story. With the limits in place, the objects move past a portrait to something that is full of life and pushes the provocative nature of what the viewer is allowed to imagine. But it is best to avoid explaining what they may conjure and leave this for the viewer to interpret.
 

  
 

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