"If he maintains continuity with his photographic work over the last five years dedicated to « ensemble seul » , Eric ANTOINE is gradually collapsing the borders of the intimate environment in which he had constrained himself to create his previous images. With his new landscapes, the photographer thus allows his subjects to impose themselves upon him much more often than before.
Héloïse Conesa (1) writes of Eric ANTOINE that, ‘his approach is clearly tied to a sense of the materiality and uniqueness of the ambrotype as an object. The density contained in the images is particularly well-suited to the ambrotype process due to its ambivalence between transparency and opacity, visible and invisible.’ The importance of the material, approached quasi-sculpturally, lies at the heart of Eric ANTOINE’s oeuvre. The precision of the wet collodion reinforces this permanent search for accuracy, which is as technical as it is emotional.
With the series Frénésie du silence, the photographer provides the viewer with a close observation of the small joys and anguishes of being human. Using dramatized anecdotes, these images draw upon the artist’s memories. In the style of his favourite filmmakers, he sets himself to imagining different photographic series with the same actors, who come and go from one exhibition to the next.
In these often fragmentary and allegorical photographs, the treatment of the subject makes no distinction between bodies, nature and the trivial objects of everyday life. They recur like so many bodies/objects, like an intimate collection of memento mori."
Par Geraldine Bareille.