‘The New Sicilian Femininity’ by Ariane Deschamps
“I took the picture as part of the project ‘the new Sicilian Femininity’: This woman is 80 years old and used to be a school professor. She adores photography and has a very strong personality. When she was younger, she acted in the theatre and sang in a musical group. I have been really fascinated by her energy and intelligence.”
Ariane Deschamps was born in 1974 in Maisons-Laffitte near Paris. Since 1996 she has lived in Chiaramonte Gulfi in Sicily. Her love for photography dates back to her teens, when she wanted to understand the work of famous photographers like Robert Doisneau (“Il Maestro”, for her), Henri Cartier-Bresson, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Man Ray or also Diane Arbus. Ariane is convinced that in order to observe the world, you have to observe human faces. She uses black and white and sepia, which suit better than colour photographs subject's expressions and emotions thanks to the variation of light and contrast. During poetry meetings, she tries to become part of them and invisible in order to catch the maximum spontaneity in the subjects.
Ariane’s aim is to shoot when the subject reveals its authenticity.