Delve Into the Seemingly Illusory Black & White Imagery of Photographer Simon Chaput
- Vanessa Feder
As soon as we get accustomed to the everyday avenues of life, the physical presence of our surroundings begins to feel mundane. Whether it’s the towering buildings that we walk past but never gaze up at or something as simple as the natural silhouette of the human body that we never think twice to appreciate, there is something less attention-grabbing about common sightings. Coming to rescue our sometimes sedentary minds is French photographer Simon Chaput. The experienced shooter uses film and his personal darkroom to challenge the way we see commonplace life. From the time he held his first Kodak Brownie camera to now being represented in Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy, England, Brazil, Australia, Japan and The United States, Chaput’s bold photography molds connections between human and environment in an unconventional way.
When viewing his images, it’s not usually the subject matter that you focus on as much as his completely novel depiction of a familiar place or theme. Chaput’s love for negative space and geometric abstraction (most evident in his black and white art especially) makes cityscapes, landscapes, and even the female body an almost undiscovered treasure. Below are images featured from his “Miami Beach Art Deco,” “Jantar Mantar” and “Nudes” series. His attention to curvature, lines, and contrast give his images a metaphysical allure to his work, forcing the viewer to interact with a seemingly familiar portrait. Even the U.S. Post Office will make you do a double take. See below for some of his stunning black and white pieces and visit his website for other documentary and color panoramic work.