Eric Bouvet went on a road trip through the Oise, the first French department impacted by the Coronavirus. Each site photographed is directly related to the virus — the church of Lamorlaye is closed, the Creil hospital has experienced several deaths, and the airbase is possibly the point of entry of the virus into France.
The church of Lamorlaye is closed, like all other places of worship.
Creil hospital, which has had several deaths from the virus.
The air force base of Creil, forbidden to photograph, and suspected of being one of the entry points of the virus into France.
Cultural centers, such as theaters, libraries, and cinemas are closed in the city of Creil.
Pont-Saint-Maxence, where the cultural center and the media library are closed.
The cultural center of Pont-Saint-Maxence which is closed.
The cultural center and library of La-Croix-Saint-Ouen are closed, like others in Oise.
The road between Crepy en Valois and Creil, two cities that have been impacted by the coronavirus.
The school of La-Croix-Saint-Ouen which is closed.
The high school of Crépy-en-Valois is closed, like others in the region.
The Compiegne forest is between the cities od Creil and Crépy-en-Valois, cities which have experienced death from the coronavirus.
Crépy-en-Valois is the city most affected city by the virus.
In Crépy-en-Valois, in front of the entrance to the gymnasium adjoining the Jean-Monnet high school.
The cemetery of Crépy-en-Valois, the city most affected city by the virus.
The retirement home of Crépy-en-Valois, where four people have died.
The city hall of Crépy-en-Valois. The mayor is sick with coronavirus.
On the road from Vaumoise and Lagny-le-Sec.
The station of Vaumoise, the city that experienced that first French death due to the Coronavirus.
Vaumoise, the city that experienced that first French death due to the Coronavirus. The mayor has asked for the municipal elections to be postponed.
All training and sporting events have been canceled in Nanteuil-le-Haudouin,
The schools in Lagny-Le-Sec are closed.
In an interview with L'Oeil de la Photographie, Eric described his process.
The use of the large-format camera and the choice to use direct paper instead of film, is due to both time-saving factors, and to the fact that the paper holds surprises in the result, a bit like the polaroid for example. The magic of film!
The large-format camera is a way of working with time and perspective — even if I work quickly, I know what I want when I arrive on the stage because I will be taking only one shot.
I’ve been working with these devices for about 20 years. For reflection, the time it takes, the quality and the relationship with people, which is quite different. I had no problems with the demonstrations, for example, neither on the police side nor with the thugs. A kind of respect maybe…
Of course, direct paper and postproduction make it a little dark, but isn’t the subject itself?
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