Hometown: SIX FOURS LES PLAGES
Based in: Marseille
Since he was a child, he has lived the smell of the lab products in his parent’s photo shop. Being a conscientious objector, he experiment, as an educational social worker, with photography workshops for those on the margins of society who find, thanks to these pictures, a language through which they can express themselves. Since then, it has become his job and he create and conduct workshops of photographic writing in medical or social structures. In the same time he's Author photographer and he work on his own themes. Take photograph is the first step. he spend a lot of time and attention-in the second step for developing and creating the single final image in his darkroom. He's passionate about old techniques-alternatives processes and experiments with film. He specialized in the development of the image with the paintbrush on silver photographic paper. With this technique he's looking to create image that look like of his dreams or his imagination.
More About Xavier Vanlaere
What inspires you?
The warm light, The Music and the silence, the cities at dawn, the graceful silhouettes and the wild flowers ..The pictorialist photography of Robert Demachy,The mysterious images of Dolores Marat, The humanist Willy Ronis . The brut art of jean Dubuffet and Slavko Kopac, Twombly expressionist abstraction...The subim work of Nicolas De Stael
Describe your creative process.
Once the sensitive paper is exposed under the photographic enlargerI develop my photographs with a brush in my darkroom . with this technique I try to create the images that I have in my mind. The images of my dreams or of my imagination.
What are 3 words that best describe your work?
Who are some artists that have influenced your work?
Tapiès and his matierist painting . ...Chopin, Mozart and Radiohead ....Too many artists in very different disciplines have indirectly inspired me. All the artists who moved me, transported me elsewhere in another sworld inspires me
What is the most important tool when creating your work?
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
It looks like a dream !
Where do you go for inspiration?
I go a little in the real present world, a little in my memories and a little in my imagination
Collections Featuring Xavier Vanlaere
Carlos Barrantes-Laurent Lafolie : Formation Les Procédés pigmentaires à la gomme-Paris
Writing Workshop training-PPIM-Marseille
" Use your emotional Intelligence"AFORE-St Etienne
Amicale du Nid -Marseille
Nominee-Black and White spiders awards-USA
Grand Prize Winner "Le Bonheur" -La Marseillaise-
Finalist-Transphotographiques de Lille-France
Winner-Mariage,l'imprévu-Le Monde de l'Image -France
Marseille-Paris-Galerie Art 21-Paris
Voies Off-Les Rencontres Internationales de la photographie d'Arles
L'aube en sténopé( Before dawn with a pinhole)- Galerie Désir d'Art-Marseille
Marseille La Pluie-Immeuble La Cité Radieuse, Le Corbusier-Marseille
La Petite Histoire-Collective exhibition-Galerie Charivari-Marseille
Collective exhibition-Street Photography-Upstream Galery-New York
United States of America, 2015
Les Passants-Gare Saint Charles-Marseille
Entre deux-Galerie Cameron
Les Passants-Galerie Vols de nuit
Visage Intérieur-Voies Off des Rencontres d'Arles
Les Passants-Collective exhibition-Street Photography-Kat Kiernan Gallery-Lexington
United States of America, 2011
Entre Deux-Les Boutographies-Montpellier
Entre Deux-Galerie Camayeux
Entre Deux- Voies Off des Rencontres d'Arles
Le monde de l'image