French artist, Valentin Fougeray, notes that his work treads a transversal line — from photography to set design and film, he crisscrosses between creative disciplines. This multiplicity of talent shines through in his thoughtfully captured and constructed photographic series ‘Balance’.
For the series, Valentin looked at the tension inherent to balance; “The aesthetic presence of this work tends to create a substantial tension casting doubt on the reality of the images,” he explains. “Yet, everything here is real.” The series comprises of a series of experimental constructions built by Valentin, from plastic lattice casting a soft shadow against a monochromatic wall, to soft pink bubble-wrap forming strong, architectural lines as it folds to a pyramidal form. The photographs look as if they are the results of clever digital manipulation, their soft but saturated colors accentuating this ambiguity. The objects and settings were derived from a quest for balance between the real and unreal; “A balance,” Valentin explains, “that binds space, color, composition, and assembly of matters and materials.”
"The aesthetic presence of this work tends to create a substantial tension casting doubt on the reality of the images."
All images © Valentin Fougeray