October 5, 2020
IN CONVERSATION WITH FANNY GENOUX
Photography by Fanny Genoux
Interview by Melanie Meggs
Fanny Genoux is a teacher but photography is now an integral part of her life. She is interested in photography as a whole and she tells us she has a varied approach even though she is most fond of street photography. Shadows, lines and abstract forms is what she seeks in her very constructed graphic compositions. This is the photography language that speaks to her. Using the environment as a setting to compose her stories integrating those small details that are synonymous to her style. The human presence is not necessarily direct - it can be a silhouette, a shadow, a material - lost, anonymous in the geometry drawn by the city.
From an aesthetic point of view, in Fanny's series called "Eclipse", her approach seeks the abstraction and geometry that shadow and colour can create in the city. Most of the photographs were taken in Nice where the light is often bright, intense. In the narrow alleys of the old town, she draws bright canyons. Colorful facades and deep shadows combine to give birth to a geometric composition, sculpted by light. In front of this colorful and contrasting décor, sometimes on the edge of abstraction, she watches the fleeting shadows of passers-by who will emerge from the darkness to escape immediately. From a symbolic point of view, the series questions the transition from light to shade and the impact it engenders on the individual. Passers-by are nothing more than silhouettes, Chinese shadows: in the shadows they lose their identity, their peculiarities, their singularity. In the shadows, they become anonymous, they come out of the light of the city.
"I have a deep interest in mankind and his effects on his environment. He is always at the center of my photographs, whether directly or not, by the prints, the marks he leaves, by his constructions, his passage."