Baptiste Rabichon composes his photographs like a painter. An RC photographic paper is his blank canvas, a territory of exploration for his composition process, mixing analog photography, digital images and the projection of diverse objects from his daily life. Within the darkness of the darkroom he gathers his memories while shaking up our relation to photography. Flowers picked a few days before are placed on the enlarger and mixed with pictures collected from the Internet or in magazines. But the almost scientific approach of his aesthetic, which might evokes the herbaria of 21st century botanists, it’s disturbed by the sensuality of a mysterious female figure gently lying on the paper.
The making of stencils of various shapes and sizes is also a key point in his work. By keeping the light from reaching the paper, these elements created ad hoc and with thoroughness contribute to the creation of this harmonious fusion of human bodies and vegetal inlay. Some outcomes in certain areas of the paper proof that chance always has its word to say.
The evocative titles of his series show the very personal nature of his work and his intent to set on paper a moment’s feeling. It’s Paris, with its gardens, the 17th district with its Haussmanian apartments. By shifting our idea of photography, as much in form as in content, Baptiste Rabichon delivers works whose beauty is born from the alchemy between beings, objects and plants.
In an equally critical and loving approach to images, Baptiste Rabichon draws with the same rejoicing both from ancestral photography techniques such as photograms, cyanotypes, pinholes, and modern tools.