Desert in the City
Desert in the City is a photography project where an empty city is shot in a very short period of time. This kickstarter aims at financing the Desert in Paris exhibition and book, and hopefully also an exhibition in London.
Last year I was looking for a way to create a series of pictures that would make a beautiful portrait of my beloved Paris, where I live.
I thought of photos of New York I had done just before Irene hurricane back in 2011. Streets were totally empty during the curfew and I had the chance to wander in an empty Manhattan.
So I asked myself : how could I shoot an empty Paris ? Without people, without cars, without tourists, and still magnify the city of love. It turns out there is a moment in the year when streets are totally empty, when people are home or away, when nobody is partying all night long : that moment is Christmas.
DESERT IN PARIS
Christmas night 2014, between 11:30 PM and 6:00 AM. I walked 20 kms and captured Paris totally empty, the city was truly asleep.
DESERT IN PARIS – Pyramide du Louvre – Christmas 2014
Long exposure Night Photography
Every single picture is captured with long exposures, between 20 & 30 seconds. Since I stay in the middle of the streets or bridges, I can’t have any car passing by during the shots. I could easily produce a few shots on a sunday night, but 25 pictures in a single night ? Only Christmas holidays allow that.
DESERT IN PARIS – Pont des Arts – Christmas 2014
DESERT IN LONDON
Christmas night 2015, between 11:30 PM and 6:00 AM. Again, I walked 25+ kms and more than 50 pictures of a deserted London were produced.
DESERT IN LONDON – Tower Bridge – Christmas 2015
Desert in YOUR City ?
Desert in the City is an amazing photography project and you can be a part of it. Every backer will be asked which city I should produce next, and if the main goal is reach every penny will go in the Desert in Next City production.
Why this Kickstarter ?
Desert in the City is unique experience, as a photographer it is an incredible chance to be able to experience a city totally alone. During those nights, I spend sometimes 30 to 45 minutes without anybody, without any car. I hope those pictures show a very different side of your city, and I would love to see them on a wall or in a book.
With your help, I hope to finally produce an exhibition of DESERT IN PARIS pictures, as long as books about DESERT IN PARIS and DESERT IN LONDON.
If the main goal is reached, I will produce another city with any extra fund.
How money collected will be used.
Desert in the City in La voix est libre on France 3 :
on Le Parisien TV :
Desert in Paris has been featured in many media outlets.
Desert in London is just out, and many media already featured it, including :
– BFM TV
and many many more…
DESERT IN PARIS EXHIBITION
The Kickstarter will run from 28th of January through 27th of February.
With your help, I’ll be able to showcase fine art prints of the Desert in Paris project. Some locations are already scouted, depending on the date it could even be free. So money collected will go directly in the production of prints and books.
Date – April 2016 Location – TBD in Paris
Risks and Challenges
One of the biggest challenges is to maintain costs at a reasonable level, which can be hard for exhibition quality prints. Then find a sizeable location to hold most of the pictures and host the backers.
If the main campaign is funded, all added funds will go directly in producing DESERT IN THE CITY pictures in a new city. With your support, I’ll get to produce this amazing project again, and to replicate the desert inside any city, your city 🙂
I need YOUR help to spread the word by exhibiting my 2 initial cities, Paris and London, and initiate commercial fallout that will undoubtedly make everything possible