Be it a sea or a river, the water’s surface conceals under its mask shifting, whimsical, changing and ephemeral reflections, the secrets of a made-up reality, which is all the more vivid as it remains unknown. The shimmering surface dissimulates reality and, as the mystery grows, makes it even more compelling. Doesn’t true wisdom sometimes reside more in escaping real life and one’s freedom to dream than diving into the depths of reality ? The mirror radiates light, mixes all the colors with the changing winds and its shifting surface to create an artistic canvas, different at each moment, constantly evolving. One must seize a fleeting moment and freeze it in the picture to keep it intact...


The innovative architectures of our cities, in constant change, are infinitely diverse structures of glass and steel which rise up and sculpt new shapes in their environment. Lines, shapes, colors harmonize, jostle, collide or multiply in accordance with the architecture and the environment. Visitors interpret the colors with their personal vision and their imagination. A subtle chemistry is given birth to by the symbiosis between the creator and the contemplative viewer, and the resulting outlooks never cease to surprise us !


Shadows, like ghosts, wander vivaciously, die-cutting the light on the sidewalks. Their imposing silhouettes shift and fade away into nothingness just as quickly as they appeared. The phantoms intertwine with the street’s surroundings, structures made of lines and shapes frozen in their massive stature. Faint and intangible, the shadows hover over the asphalt, expanding, stretching, disappearing and later reappearing as if someone were playing an impossible magic trick...the mirrors of the city craft their elusiveness!




What could be more strange and chaotic than nature’s amazing anarchy, the shape and layout of crystallized minerals within magmatic rocks, which can be found buried deep under the surface of the Earth ? The apparent disarray of nervous cells, of these incredible neurons and nerve fibers leave us bewildered. Nervous systems and their extensions seem almost unreal in their appearance... And yet, a mineral’s shape and disposition obey to specific laws, just like the nervous cells in their functional arrangement ! Who is the approving force of this orderly disorder ? Could a simple, subjective observation of these structures, stuck in time, be food for thought? The topic remains very broad !


What would day be without night, hustle and bustle without rest, awakening without sleep, peaceful interior life without paradoxical sleep and the wonderful delirium of dreams? Life is seldom a long quiet river, except for he or she who wears armor to shield himself or herself from the outside world! And even so, no one is safe from surprises ! Destiny or coincidence ? Or rather destiny and coincidence at the discretion of the winds of this marvelous Life, in the biological sense ! Respect ! A monumental obstructs the horizon but, with the changing lights as the hours go by, a kaleidoscope of lines takes over space, a game of lights and shadows which vary infinitely… Breaking down a wall that each one of us can rebuild freely to the sound of our own sensations and feelings… In the image of our lives ! For, in our imagination, these lines, at times orderly, well organized and facing the same direction, at times crossed branches, hunched over from the weight of the years gone by, exulting or exhausted…do they still not remain veritable lines of life, yours, ours, mine ?


The magnificent views presented by Ernst Haas, in his gorgeous « La création » album, first published in 1971, or the beautiful images made up of lines, shapes and artfully created colorful contrasts and captured by Franco Fontana have set the bar very high. Is it still possible for one to innovate in the field of landscape photography ? To break new ground ? It is up to each person to try ! One can always try to express their feelings and emotions when facing our planet’s beautiful and gratifying horizons.


I have always been enchanted by nature’s wonders. Nature is so mysterious. The plant world is of particular interest to me. Although seemingly frozen, plants are frantically active on the inside and their ability to adapt to infinitely diverse environments, without any true limitations, commands admiration…


The photographs presented in this series were, for the most part, taken while living or travelling into different countries, between the 1970s and the 1980s, some taken later.


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Born in Albi, South of France, Alain Durand grew up in a family of photographers. Ph.D. in biology, Alain Durand is first and foremost a lover of art and nature. To him, nature is art. His life is a story of adventures. Always observing the “small” nature around us, fascinated by its extreme simplicity but always amazingly performant. In comparison to our everyday environment the originality of this strange and primitive universe offset by design from the real is found in the contemporary photographs proposed by the artist.

In a series called “ Onirique vibrations, Reflections, Urban dreams, Midnight sun living shadows…” the photographer cut a subjective window in the real with an original eye inspiring dreamed mystery.

ESPACE SONO Art gallery Paris, November 2019


To surprise and be surprised, to see the world by focusing our attention on details which, contrary to an overall view, to have the ability to induce feelings and emotions. Freeing the mind from imposed models, letting it free to wander and exploit its own sentiment in the face of partial, biased or made-up realities, which each person can claim as their own without ever being subjected to them. Learning to imagine what is not, discovering what is hiding or what doesn’t exist ! Our relationship to images has changed and, oftentimes, one’s imagination takes over reality. Daydreaming gives life to an environment made of lines, colors, vibrant sensations which harmonize, tear themselves apart, come together or clash throughout life’s many discoveries and events. AD.



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