Un peu de rouge


An exhibition of photographs and video by Nicolas Claris and Romain Claris

Espace Culturel du Seeko'o **** 
54, quai de Bacalan - 33000 Bordeaux - +33(0)5 56 39 07 07 - contact@seekoo-hotel.com

October 15, 2019 - January 6, 2020
Free entrance every day from noon to 6.30pm

After ROUGE, after NOIRS, now's the time for "Un peu de rouge, pourtant."



White peonies,
They say
A little red, though

Takahama Kyoshi, 1874-1959

Short and concise, a haiku encourages reflection, imagination, to transport the spirit …
A haiku evokes, suggests, invites contemplation and meditation. With its sobriety it steers our imagination by multiplying it like a guide, at once expert, secret and delicate ...  
Sensitivity, imagination and emotions are human and universal. Different cultures, through their prisms, make them express distinctly, but the background remains the same!
It is therefore up to the reader to create his own vision, to invent, to consider, to project him/herself rather than by words. As image makers we opt for visual metaphors that are not primarily an attempt at translation(s) but rather transgressions, inspirations, breaths that in our turn we offer to the eyes as so many surprising phonemes.

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.
Unless … 

Nicolas Claris - Romain Claris 
Mai 2019

A huge thank you to the marvelous and talented Salomé Costagliola

The Film

The photographs

As like as so many phonemes ...17 prints prints signed, limited edition (30 copies), superb printing by Lebolabo.
Order a print.

The opening party

On Thursday, October 17, 2019. 180 guests attended the opening party of our exhibition in the cultural space of the Seeko'o**** in Bordeaux, in the presence of Mr. Bruno Lacoste Honorary Consul of Japan in Bordeaux and Mr. Philippe Gauthier of Redman Hospitality … All could enjoy a cup of tea offered by La Maison Jugetsudo, a sake offered by La Maison du Japon, as well as sushis and makis served by SU and SHI with red or white wines of La Maison Dourthe… A very "Japanophile" evening!

Photos by Sabine Calès:

Visit the exhibition

A clip by Romain Claris that will make you discover the exhibition in the Seeko'o****'s Art Space in Bordeaux.

The exhibition catalog

They wrote to us

Social networks, emails, here are some comments ...

C'est d'une beauté à couper le souffle ! Je viens de voir la vidéo... Les frissons dès les premières secondes…
«La bellezza salverà il mondo»
Quando l'occhio di Claris si posa su qualcosa, anche un bullone (sì, un bullone!) diventa un'opera d'arte.
« Un peu de rouge pourtant » è pura bellezza Grazie, Claris!
Selvaggia Oricchio
The rare softness
of petal brushes my bones and say touch
from wings and songs of light
red and Peony - upon my dreams
angels ribbons
moons of night-
Charlotte Thompson
Digital Conceptual Artist
De la poésie visuelle.
Sophie Troff
Onomaturge. - Traductrice littéraire.
Quelles belles photos !
 On a vraiment envie de les regarder encore et encore ! 
Il y a, à mon sens, une puissance évocatrice entre le blanc, le rouge, la fleur et la jeune femme...
Pour un peu d'abstrait, et rendre encore plus évident le pont entre grain de peau et pétale, entre pureté du blanc et effronterie du rouge, entre secret et désir... En fait tout ça est très érotique, mais pas vulgaire du tout !
C'est un bel acte artistique et les expressions du visage se rapprochent d'un spectacle vivant (ce qui est à mon sens assez difficile pour de la photographie) ! Bref, je vois le talent, la beauté de l'intention, la délicatesse et la violence sont évoquées aussi...
Bravo et merci !
Chloé Guêze
Professeur de danse - Rythmes & Cie

Beau, très beau, très sensible, très japonisant avec comme toujours cette touche de mystère.
Patrick le Quément
Président du Conseil Scientifique the Sustainable Design School
Directeur du Design Industriel Groupe Renault 1987 - 2009
J'adore !!! C'est onirique, joyeux, décalé, merveilleux, tendre, généreux : j'ai été pris d'une sorte de saudade à la fin du film, mélancolique face à cet éphémère qui nous renvoie à la vanité de notre propre vie. … En tout cas vous avez eu la chance d'avoir le visage parfait pour ce genre de cession ! Bravo à vous deux : vous m'avez donné une belle émotion !
Bruno Belmont
Groupe Bénéteau
The sparseness of the elements is like the brevity of Haiku. It allows for us to imagine. But we are spellbound and have to keep watching to wake up in this new white world of dreams. The movement of the camera remind me of the views inside a boat the seduce me from the cabin to the harbor in Romain's work. The discipline in studying the red lip behavior and allowing it to perform a seductive encroachment on the white space is stellar. This is outstanding art that I will never forget. In the end I watched the movie and have been seduced and in awe. The pictures are superb. A lot of effort in finding the perfect model and pristine peonies that are red inside. Quite an amazing match. These are amongst you very best work and we are so proud of you.
Asher Kelman
OPF Gallery One
Poser sous l'objectif de deux passionnés, accompagnée de mes fleurs préférées, illustrer les mots d'un poète…
Texte de présentation très juste et très beau. J'ai re revu le film et je le trouve magnifique ainsi que que les superbes photos. Coup de cœur pour celle que vous avez choisi de mettre en tête sur le site. Merci encore pour cette expérience magnifique et ce rendu magnifié.
Salomé Costagliola

The authors



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

The partners



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

Sèverine Perrier
Directrice du Seeko'o****

54, quai de Bacalan
33000 Bordeaux
+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!"

Yazid Belmadi
PRO department Manager 

Parc Tertiaire
7-9 avenue Robert Schuman - BP70102
94513 Rungis
 +33 1 58 42 17 00

Print System


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!.»

Nicolas Brunaud

143, avenue du Maréchal Leclerc
33130 BEGLES
+33 5 57 35 47 47

The invitation cards and the catalog of this exhibition are printed by PRINT SYSTEM.



Lebolabo is an art print workshop for professionals and image enthusiasts.
Unique in Bordeaux, Lebolabo offers a wide range of large format printing solutions: Film development, exhibition prints, Black & White, carbon printing (Piezography), creation of limited edition numbered books, drawing and direct printing with UV inks. The laboratory is equipped for all types of work: Framing, lamination, varnished finishes, plastification or plexi. We accompany you for the digitization, the retouching and the chromaticness of your images, with quality equipment.

Maud Batellier
David Helman

23, rue des retaillons
+ 33 5 57 22 97 50

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