Mystery in Motion

The unseen and the unknown fascinates her,pulling her towards this curious space,to get a quick glimpse of what lies ahead.

Written by ShevetaBhatia | Published: February 23, 2012 3:37 am

A French photographer brings to the city a striking product of her inspiration and exploration

The unseen and the unknown fascinates her,pulling her towards this curious space,to get a quick glimpse of what lies ahead. And once she’s there,Marie-Caroline Senlis adjusts her lens and captures moments,spaces and places in rapid succession. The French photographer has brought to Chandigarh striking photographs that comprise the exhibition

“Nature and Soul”. On at Alliance Française,Sector 36,the exhibition has on display 63 photographs,in black and white and silver prints. The common theme that connects these ‘moving pictures’ is the element of mystery.

Her work comes across as a poetic expression — be it the shadowy silhouette of a woman in the dark,the silent lake,the quiet brooks in the middle of a dark forest or clouds of mist vanishing into the light or rays of light playing hide and seek through the branches of trees.

Although her images are hazy,often blurred,as if still in their own inertia,and imperceptible to the human eye,they present a deeper meaning,one that becomes clearer with a deeper look. “I like the misty effect,and so,I create silhouettes that represent human souls and install them at special sites and moments,in order to let nature and soul become one,” says Senlis.

With cloud,mist and mountain tops in the backdrop,Senlis,to get the desired effect,crafts the engraving paper to translate her visual images. “I prepare the photo paper myself,with a special emulsion that gives a painting effect,” says the photographer who has travelled across the mountainous terrains of France,China and India for this exhibition.

Her connection with nature is eternal. “It has lived with me through school,college and will continue to do so,” says Senlis. A graduate in literature,linguistics and Chinese studies,Senlis has spent ten years in China,where she studied sculpture and Chinese calligraphy. It was her love for nature that brought her to India. “The spirit of India and its people is unmatched. Delhi,Assam,Himachal Pradesh,Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka,all these places made my interaction with nature possible,” says the photographer.

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