Skate Pile

Bernard Testemale

Gap Frame
Dark gray matt steel

916,67 €

LocationSud-Ouest, France
Prints issueLIMITED EDITION 26 prints ONLY
Shooting date25/04/2020
Original pictureGlass Plate
FormatsLarge format
FormatsLarge format
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.

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: Southwest, France

Still in the vintage spirit offered by the rendering of the collodion process, here is a pyramid of vintage skate boards, in wood and metal.
They represent a Quiver (a word that defines all snowboarders' gliding equipment) from the 1950s.

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Skate Pile - Bernard Testemale

Skate Pile - Bernard Testemale

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