"Ages of Life" : The Story Behind...

“Ages of Life – N°1” has a very graphic monochrome background, into the grey shades, just like steel. Water drops are very linear as electric sparks coming out of circular saws cutting metal. This is age of “bite”: youth biting life. 
A young carefree girl is on the front left hand side of the picture while the steelworks background runs at top speed, almost in fusion.
“Ages of Life – N°1” has a very graphic monochrome background, into the grey shades, just like steel. Water drops are very linear as electric sparks coming out of circular saws cutting metal. This is age of “bite”: youth biting life. A young carefree girl is on the front left hand side of the picture while the steelworks background runs at top speed, almost in fusion.
“Ages of Life – N°2” is very different even if we find here again a naked young woman, more graceful, her elbows leaning on a heavy square granite stone. 
What is she waiting for ?
In the moonlight, the scene could be almost romantic. 
For a while in the background, a disturbing black silhouette seems to observe her. 
This is an old woman who seems to look at the youth with jealousy, feeling that her own youth has desperately vanished for ever.

My purpose in this photo was to capture this desperate feeling that anyone of us could get when we feel this lost of power to hold back youth, in getting older and older every day of our life. 
What could be done to stop the inexorable course of time?

As I previously said, water symbolizes the purity, the eternal resumption (water, source, river, sea, evaporation, rain and again…), the cycle of life (analogy with “Ashes to Ashes”), the rejuvenating source, the eternal youth…

I have wanted here to add another dimension related with Time: Ice.
I wanted to symbolize this very frozen moment when water doesn’t flow anymore, when it doesn’t happen anything else than silence, when Time is stopped, when life can not go away anymore. 
This is this very precious moment when death can not happen, will never happen.

The old women body is preserved by ice, like saved by cyonics, maybe she will born again…

My main difficulty was to succeed in making ice with running water in “Ages of Life – N°2”.
For this, I used a new and original process that I found, and tried to make out for the first time on this shot.
I am sorry but I would like not to give the process used here to ice water as I have to experiment it on other photos before I can say with irony I found the alchemy how to make ice with water ☺… at least in photography!
The only thing I can say is that it is quite unusual and I have been very lucky.

I also tried the light and the colors to serve the topic:
The natural moonlight was the last faint light of the day, so black and white would definitively be the basis. This is the link between day and night.
But I also wanted the blue color to be included to symbolize the coldness, and the pink color to symbolize femininity and youth. 
I wanted to focus and jail the maximum of light only into the frozen cascade as a symbol of immortalized life into ice.

The "Ages of Life" Serie will include 2 more photography works...
“Ages of Life – N°2” is very different even if we find here again a naked young woman, more graceful, her elbows leaning on a heavy square granite stone. What is she waiting for ? In the moonlight, the scene could be almost romantic. For a while in the background, a disturbing black silhouette seems to observe her. This is an old woman who seems to look at the youth with jealousy, feeling that her own youth has desperately vanished for ever. My purpose in this photo was to capture this desperate feeling that anyone of us could get when we feel this lost of power to hold back youth, in getting older and older every day of our life. What could be done to stop the inexorable course of time? As I previously said, water symbolizes the purity, the eternal resumption (water, source, river, sea, evaporation, rain and again…), the cycle of life (analogy with “Ashes to Ashes”), the rejuvenating source, the eternal youth… I have wanted here to add another dimension related with Time: Ice. I wanted to symbolize this very frozen moment when water doesn’t flow anymore, when it doesn’t happen anything else than silence, when Time is stopped, when life can not go away anymore. This is this very precious moment when death can not happen, will never happen. The old women body is preserved by ice, like saved by cyonics, maybe she will born again… My main difficulty was to succeed in making ice with running water in “Ages of Life – N°2”. For this, I used a new and original process that I found, and tried to make out for the first time on this shot. I am sorry but I would like not to give the process used here to ice water as I have to experiment it on other photos before I can say with irony I found the alchemy how to make ice with water ☺… at least in photography! The only thing I can say is that it is quite unusual and I have been very lucky. I also tried the light and the colors to serve the topic: The natural moonlight was the last faint light of the day, so black and white would definitively be the basis. This is the link between day and night. But I also wanted the blue color to be included to symbolize the coldness, and the pink color to symbolize femininity and youth. I wanted to focus and jail the maximum of light only into the frozen cascade as a symbol of immortalized life into ice. The "Ages of Life" Serie will include 2 more photography works...
" Ages of Life III "
" Ages of Life III "
From the "Waters" Serie:
"Ages of Life III"
Berlin 2013