TRACES – EN
So, some time ago, in 2016, I had this idea to tell the Parkour, “my Parkour” through a photo series.
Because for me, parkour and photography are closely linked.
I started moving with my camera, and I started taking pictures with the parkour.
At first, it was a way to keep memories, experiences.
Then, with time, hindsight, research and the work of other photographers, I realized all that a simple image could express.
And this is what made me want to deepen this practice, to be able, through photos, to transmit much more than the moment.
In the same way as Parkour, Photography taught me to see differently.
To understand, you have to go back a little around 2012, I started to move alone, watching videos, and trying to copy. Then I had a reflex for my birthday, and I started filming myself to compare.
As I went along, I met different people who came to move with me, and there, having a camera, I thought, why not take pictures?
So I started following my friends, making some pictures, and today I am a full-time sports photographer and filmmaker.
For the attached series, I have chosen a full black and white treatment because it is, by its nature, an interpretation of reality. It is a way to put yourself in the tracer’s place, to get a glimpse of your vision of things, to focus on the essential, and to give more importance to texture as well as to your environment.
The parkour photo, what does it mean?
Personally, I like to think that it is a mixture of styles, which are both very different, but also very complementary.
The first style, of course, is sports photography. We are entering a fast world, all gestures are calculated, anticipated, settled. Once launched, the athlete adapts to his environment.
It is here that we arrive in an approach of the animal photo, since the sportsman becomes animal. He seeks neither to be beautiful, nor our subject, but to be effective, to execute his movement. The photographic aesthetic that emerges is the result of the success of his movement.
The whole joins another photographic genre, the architectural one. The tracer is not the only subject, the obstacles he plays are as important as him, and become essential part of the photo.
For many, Parkour boils down to going from point A to point B.
Personally, I think we can push the definition further, by saying that Parkour is to go from where we are, to the goal we set ourselves, whatever it may be.
So, let’s come back in summer 2016.
I offered my buddies a few days to really take pictures. I usually have a very “reportage” approach, i.e. I remain silent, I respect when they decide to make a jump, and whether they decide to repeat it or not.
As a tracer too, I know how important preparation and mental are, so I really try to be the least present as possible.
The idea was really to get together, for 2-3 days, and go train, have fun, on the different spots of our city, do a bit of everything, summarize, in 10 photos, our Parkour.
This series is what parkour means to me.
This is my parkour.
It’s training, moving, certainly, but above all having fun, being with friends, and moving forward.
Waiting for this quarter second to trigger is like doing this prec’ a little longer than the previous one, it’s not much but it makes all the difference.
Today, after more than 2 years keeping it in drawers, and an almost invisible presence on social networks, I decided to share my photos, and their stories.
Because after showing it to some friends, I thought it might interest a lot more people.
And sharing is parkour.