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SURVEY: Topographic surveys are meant to locate the main physical features on the ground,such as lakes, rivers, roads, forest or large rocks.They provide data for map making.
Shot in France (2013-14) with a field camera 4*5 inches, Western Surveys seeks to capture the impermanent essence of the relationship between man and its land. Made up from documentary style photographs and fragments of a personal path, this series depicts the unstable way how people inhabit places and how people and places inhabit images.
Initiated in the Western part of France called Brittany, where dispersed pattern of settlements, despite an old and obvious human history, gives human presence a singular and ephemeral aspect, this work focuses on places that combine signs of human habitation and vividness of nature. Travelling back east from this end of Old-Europe, Western Surveys designs the map of a territory where men try to live in an ever changing space.