A little red, though
Takahama Kyoshi, 1874-1959Short and concise, a haiku encourages reflection, imagination, to transport the spirit …
Fascinated by this haiku written in 1925, we wanted to show how our imagination and our 21st century Western sensibilities can be seduced and inspired by that of a Japanese poem dating back almost a century...
Here we stand, between white and red, searching for which one puts the other in value, which one would be so essential, as if there should be a hierarchy ... And if white and red were inescapable? inseparable? Linked in solidarity, from the flower to the face, from the pistil to the gaze, as a single element fascinating and sublime to our eyes.
Soft as silk with a dazzling and joyful glow, airy lightness, poetic dependencies of white and red, visual diaeresis or synaeresis, illuminated: a completely free approach like that of Takahama Kyoshi.
Romantic and lyrical propositions, images intended to be captivating and sensitive ... A discrete and powerful research around the color red, and revealing in its way the soft and velvety softness of a white that would like to be timeless and immaculate.
Nicolas Claris - Romain Claris
A huge thank you to the marvelous and talented Salomé Costagliola
Claris Image Builder - Founder and Photographer
When Nicolas Claris decided to invest in a camera at the very beginning of the digital era, his commitment, the rigor of his methodical approach to this art, and probably also the need to quickly obtain acceptable results have made him, almost immediately, a photographer.
From this first generation of shots, one could retain the technical mastery, the understanding of the wishes of his customers, and a formal academism resulting from his respect for peers.
Having solidly built his base, Nicolas was very quickly committed to open his mind and his objective to other targets than boats: shadows and reflections in a house of Spain, architecture of curves and lights of Frank O Gehry, pebbles and crazy grasses, bolts and mechanical parts have been photographed as Hollywood stars: with respect always, sometimes love, but also an astonishing creativity: "doing the little things like the big ones" served as a leitmotiv in the second period of Nicolas as photographer: that of the passage to the state of Artist.
With a humble, almost self-effacing approach, he has become a major signature of altruistic photography, one that puts itself entirely at the service of the frame in view. It is with the same generosity that he proposes to accompany the team of Watever, during a trip to Bangladesh from where he will bring back pictures of an incredible humanity.
Lover of colours, ephemeral (and what more ephemeral than a wake on the sea or the passage of a sailboat?) he adds the notion of time that passes in his photographs, as for this sublime series of dishes of the chef Nicolas Magie that he photographed in the gardens of the Saint-James Hotel & Restaurant in Bouliac, or when he follows the seasons in châteaux of the Bordeaux vineyards.
Eclecticism is not an art in itself, but it gives Nicolas a freedom of tone, a creative force that allows him to address all subjects with this mix of skill and respect that, today, makes us look at his work with joyful pleasure, far from gravity, ready for any surprises.
Who has forgotten the tables set on these boat decks under construction? These photos have become classics, but the playful shift that they unveiled already announced the talent of Nicolas Claris, passed from a photographer by necessity to a contemporary artist.
Bruno Belmont - Bénéteau Group
In 2008, Sinar entrusted him with an HY6 for a year of intensive testing under extraordinary conditions for such gear. Becoming addict to medium format (large sensors), Nicolas Claris became Pentax Ambassador in 2012.
Nicolas Claris' Biography
Claris Image Builder - Video Director
«If a wide angle shot is what we can all do - more or less, we who have taken too many pictures at every turn and confused wide angle with an overall view - detail is what is lacking for our image-drowned eye with which we look at the world.
Then, only then the fold of fabric in a sewing machine, the stroke of a brush on a white page, the drops of rain on a train window, a pier by the sea, the hand of a sculptor, a pebble becoming a jewel, the flexible foot of a dancer, the look of a Bangladeshi fisherman, jute fibre becoming a boat, all these things, women, men filmed by Romain Claris, move us because they allow us to see, starting with the detail, a wider, richer world, more complex than we thought, so that, freeing our eye with his, we may be able to see better yet...»
Jacques Dubuisson - Screenplay writer, Director.
Romain Claris was born in Cannes in 1983. After a journey to Niger in 1995 where he joined the film crew of the feature film Imûhar, he worked on photography and then began to make very short films in 2000. After graduating from the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français in 2005, he joined the advertising agency Claris Image Builder as head of the video department and ensured the production of 200 commercials.
Alongside his agency work, he continues to make personal films, selected or rewarded at international film festivals. His latest very short film Cousins of clouds has been selected in fifty international festival and five-time rewarded including the "best philosophy in animation" award at the Avalonia Festival in the USA. More recently, he has been codirecting the medium-length movie Behold the night, a free adaptation around the novel by Yasunari Kawabata Sleeping beauties, selected by the Experimental Forum at Los Angeles and by the Wunderground Film Festival at the Verbeke Foundation in Belgium and is awarded Best experimental half-length film at the Five Continents International Film Festival.
He also signs with the photographer Nicolas Claris several photo and video exhibitions starting with Bangladesh in 2013. Their latest exhibition Noirs took place in 2018 at the Relais & Châteaux - Le Saint-James Art Gallery.
In development, Les comptes de lune a short film project that proposes another story of the invention of numbers and calculation that takes place between -20,000 and -12,000 years. A creative documentary that will be co-directed with Jacques Dubuisson.
Romain Claris' Biography
À la fois précurseur et témoin de la mutation que Bordeaux a opéré ces dix dernières années, le Seeko'o ne cesse de renaître toujours et encore ...
Forte de sa récente rénovation intérieure, la direction souhaite transformer l'expérience client en un véritable voyage au coeur de l'iceberg sculptural.
Premier acte, la création de Seeko'o Culture, avec la mise en place d'une programmation en cohérence avec l'ADN de l'hôtel. Le Seeko'o fait rupture à l'architecture 18e bordelaise dès 2007 avec son design architectural iconique dont la façade est entièrement recouverte de Corian® : une première mondiale !
''Dans un Bordeaux sans cesse renouvelé et un quartier en plein essor, le Seeko'o doit - plus que jamais - s'inscrire comme un incontournable du patrimoine architectural de la ville. Nous souhaitons faire de sa singularité et de ses nombreux atouts un véritable lieu de rencontres et d'échanges. Cet état d'esprit prévaut au lancement de Seeko'o Culture qui fera de l'hôtel un véritable lieu d'échanges et de rencontres et l'inscrira dans le parcours découverte de Bordeaux.
Premier évènement :
"Un peu de rouge, pourtant."
Une exposition de photographies de Nicolas Claris - vidéo de Romain Claris"
Directrice du Seeko'o****
54, quai de Bacalan
+33 5 56 39 07 07
RICOH IMAGING COMPANY LTD is one of the undisputed leaders in the manufacture of digital cameras and imaging, especially with the RICOH and PENTAX devices that inherit a knowledge almost hundred years old. Its wide range of products includes tropicalized digital SLRs, hybrid compacts, digital compact experts and outdoor, a medium format for professionals, a range of consistent optics, flashes, or binoculars. Recently, the range has been enriched with the RICOH THETA camera capturing 360 ° spherical photos from the research and development of the new technologies department.
RICOH IMAGING supports and assists Nicolas Claris, as a number of French and European photographers.
"Ambassador of the brand for more than seven years, Nicolas Claris works in both Reflex Full Format (Pentax K-1) and Reflex Medium Format (Pentax 645Z and 645D). tunes on the water and on land, extremely demanding for itself, he pushes the limits of our equipment well beyond the average.
Well in his time he is as comfortable in the "know-how" photographic as in the "to know" (social networks). A key partner for Ricoh Pentax!"
PRO department Manager
For all its offset printing jobs, Claris chose Print. The photographic work is sublimated by the quality and the care given to the printing of the clichés by PRINT partner of this exhibition.
Nicolas Brunaud and his wife Muriel Malabat have run this family printing house in Bègles for many years. With a dual activity (Print Dorure for labels and Print System for publishing) with a team of 34 people they offer a service and printing solutions that add real value to creative works. They made guidance, demands and details care, their religion, which allows them to prevail today as the printer reference for the Wine and Spirits Industry of Bordeaux.
Claris and Print have been collaborating for more than fifteen years in printing advertising brochures and luxury editions. A film was made by Claris during the making of a book telling the story of a fabulous thirty-meter sailboat built in Bordeaux by Construction Navale Bordeaux. It shows how confidence and shared passion for uncompromising quality, brings to an extraordinary book.
«I enjoy Nicolas Claris' images, they are not easy to print because they are complex under their apparent simplicity, there is no chance in them. To reproduce them you have to be able to wonder…
Where are we? what time is it??? evening??? morning??? moon or sun? but how does he do it, and have you seen the framing? I do not particularly have the soul of an artist or experience in art, but for the first time I took the time to watch... And it is me that surprises the most... I also like the man because he "knows what he wants", he says he is never at the end, that we can still try, go further. He is the guardian of his images, he keeps a close eye on them under the press, at every output. So then discuss with him on the subject ... He's not an easy man, but passionate!.»
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The invitation cards and the catalog of this exhibition are printed by PRINT SYSTEM.