Out of time is a melancholic place.

South Korea and Japan, digital, 2015

 

I went travelling with my camera, with the idea to explore the concept of "depaysement", a french term that represent the feeling one gets in a different place, the feeling of not being at home.

Depaysement is a peaceful feeling, a form of distanciation from your surroundings. There is melancholy to it too, the melancholy of suddenly having no past, of witnessing a world that has existed without you and will continue to do so. 

I find it more present in the mundanities, where things so normal they should feel familiar suddenly have a layer of mystery to them. Strangers walk by, feeling just as distant and unaccessible as their surroundings. The figure of the stranger becomes a statue, integrated to the landscape.