Influenced by humanity’s fascination with the transient nature of the everyday – from vegetation to surrounding buildings – Romain Veillon’s (b. 1983) photographs inhabit a world of testimony and nostalgia, revelling in the remnants left behind. The featured series is instilled with a sense of archaic history, igniting the imagination through reminders of the past and the lingering presence of unknown narratives. Shot in Kolmanskop, Namibia – which was once at the centre of trade through its abundant diamond deposits – the pictures document what has been left behind after inhabitants moved on to a richer plot of land. Veillon notes: “I wanted to pay a tribute to this particular place, underlining the strength of nature and the ephemerality of human constructions – symbolised here by the progress of sand and dunes through what remains of the town. The silted doors are icons for the inevitable passing of time.” www.romainveillon.com
Drainpipes and concrete cohere with clean lines, and compositions disappear into a clear-blue sky that references the enhanced nature of advertisements.
Paris Photo Fair Celebrates 20 Years
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Paris Photo, the largest international art fair with a focus on photography. As ever, it unites all interested in the medium.