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The Cockpit

Bernard Testemale

40x30
cm
60x40
cm
80x60
cm
100x70
cm
160x120
cm
Chromalux
Shadow
Gap Frame
Dark gray matt steel
Starting

916,67 €

LocationSud-Ouest, France
Prints issueLIMITED EDITION 26 prints ONLY
Shooting date4/10/2018
Original pictureGlass Plate
FormatsLarge format
FormatsLarge format
Era2010-2020
ColorsBlack&White
CollectionNoir et Blanc
New productsNew works
Bernard Testemale
Bernard Testemale

Bernard Testemale was born in 1958 in the small seaside town of Soustons in the Landes (40). He discovered surfing at an early age. Bernard Testemale has been fascinated by photography ever since he received a present camera as a child. Traveler at heart, he will practice various trades that will make him discover many countries on the 5 continents. It was in the early 90s, during the explosion of the image of surfing, that he plunged into the world of professional photography. A regular contributor to the main surf and travel magazines, Bernard Testemale has become a world reference in surf photography in recent decades. If in 2000 Bernard Testemale signed the first covers of magazines with the newly emerging digital process, today it is the opposite path that attracts him and parallel to his work, he explores the universe of old processes to return to sources of 19th century photography.

ART OF RIDE PROJECT
For Bernard Testemale, this single word "RIDE" or "RIDER" alone sums up the spirit of freedom that is dear to him. Entirely made with collodion, a complex photographic process invented in the middle of the 19th century and drawn on metal plates (tintypes) or glass (ambrotypes), these black and white shots with infinite nuances, cause an immediate flashback. in the past and release an emotional charge as unique as it is unpredictable. Creating a timeless piece of great intensity with an engine or a character as its subject is a real challenge that has become a passion, we are here at the crossroads between painting, sculpture and photography. Working with collodion requires acquiring a substantial technical background. , to have notions of chemistry and to master the many hazards (light, temperature) that can destroy the image. Each photograph requires time and patience on the part of the photographer as well as his model. From these hours of laborious work, the photographer has no guarantee of success, but the small imperfections and the very unpredictable result of the print are the charm of these unique and timeless pieces of art. "It's a kind of step back," explains Bernard Testemale. “The collodion brings us back to the origins of photography”.

All the wet plate ferrotype photos taken by the author are available in only 26 copies, divided according to the formats. The work is composed of a real Chromalux print with plate overhangs included, which is visually similar to a glass plate, encased in an shadow gap frame in matte dark gray steel.

Location: South West, France
This magnificent Bugatti Grand Prix type 51 from 1936, called "Black Knight", is a true work of art in itself. The fantastic thing is that this iconic mechanical sculpture is still rolling steadily.
The rendering of collodion associated with old optics is the crossroads between the beginnings of photography and painting.

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