Olfactive Studio is an encounter between contemporary artistic photography and perfumery; between the eye and the nose.
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What happens in the darkroom? Mystery.
In the darkroom, shadows are promises. To satiate the obscure object of photographic desire, it is worth taking the time to do it in the dark. Isolated in this space, something from the realm of intimacy and secrecy occurs.
A lover's ritual takes shape. Patience and attention are required for the enchantment to happen, for the dark to illuminate.
Clémence René-Bazin doesn't "take" pictures. Instead she forges ties with people. She spent seven years at Magnum and the same number of years as assistant to Mr. Depardon but she is no photojournalist. She doesn’t cover stories. She lives them.
She worked on space, presence, and absence over the course of fifteen years of regular trips to Burkina Faso.
Here, space opens to time and being, creating little moments of grace that reveal the fragility and fleeting nature of life and which make a landscape, a moment in time, or an object in the light even more precious.
What catches Clémence René-Bazin's gaze is the evanescent beauty of the joy of being alive.