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Halted Traveller

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The term "halted traveller" is usually associated with German romantic painters like Caspar David Friedrich, to describe a person seen from behind facing a lanscape. The lonely wanderer appears to have been halted by the view of the landscape. This implies to us as a viewer that there is perhaps more to the landscape than we see. One can also identify with the figure. His posture invites you to imagine what he feels facing this landscape in front of his and your eyes.
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  • “The active contemplation of nature not only leads to a better knowledge of it, it is also a stimulus for the understanding of the human condition, its accidents and backwaters, its lights and shadows, all that boundless and enigmatic landscape that shapes the inner world of each person.”
                    — F.Nietzsche
     
     
    Français
    L'expression «halted traveller» est habituellement associée aux peintres allemands romantiques tel que Caspar David Friedrich. Elle fait référence à une scène où une personne vue de dos contemple un paysage.
    On traduit parfois ce concept par « la pause du voyageur » car celui-ci semble avoir été stoppé à la vue d’un paysage.
    Cela signifie, pour nous spectateurs, que c’est plus qu’un simple paysage que nous voyons. Nous pouvons également nous identifier au personnage. Sa posture et son attitude nous invitent à imaginer ce qu’il ressent face à cet environnement qui s'ouvre devant ses (vos) yeux.

    English
    The term "halted traveller" or “ruckenfigur” is usually associated with German romantic painters like Caspar David Friedrich, to describe a person seen from behind facing a lanscape. Taking this principle to photography, I position the ruckenfigur in the middle of the frame to mediate the setting for the viewer. The impossibility to see the face of the wanderer leaves us with his posture and the scenery to question the environment that is unfolding before his... and your eyes.
     
     
     

     

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