Erotisme de saloon

Posted by Léon photographies (Saint-Priest-des-Champs, France) on 7 May 2016 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.

Whitehorse - In town (Yukon), Canada

Avec l’arrivée des premiers conquérants, happés par la faim du possible succès de leurs tamis à or, les terres d’au-delà le 60e parallèle s’étaient ouvertes à un monde qu’elles ne connaissaient pas encore. Quelques mois après les débuts de la ruée vers l’or qui avait ameuté tous les hors-la-loi du pays le long des rives sauvages du Yukon, les saloons de bas étages avaient ouvert leurs portes, jouant leur prospérité sur des jeunes femmes aux formes généreuses, au caractère fort et à la danse facile. Armées de courts jupons et de dentelles acérées, elles avaient participé à leur manière au maintien de cette culture qui, aujourd’hui, essayait de se cacher derrière un folklore attendrissant. Près d’un siècle plus tard, Whitehorse restait accrochée à un passé de conquêtes que les formules de langage des descendants de pionniers faisaient très souvent transparaître.

With the arrival of the first conquerors, snatched by the hunger of the possible financial success of their gold sieves, the lands located beyond the 60th parallel opened their doors on a world they did not yet know. A few months after the start of the gold rush that had brought all the outlaws of the country along the wild shores of the Yukon river, the third-class saloons had opened their doors, playing their prosperity on young ladies with bosomy, strong personality and with the easy dance. Armed with short slips and with sharp laces, they participated in their way in the maintaining of this culture that, nowadays, was trying to hide behind a moving folklore. A little more than one century after, Whitehorse was still hanging to this past of conquests; the language of the descendants of pioneers was very often meaning it.

From inside cultures, people and countries, Léon wants to reflect the world as it is. With and without lines, Léon tries not to lie about what he sees and lets know what people express, and what landscapes tell. Photographic work processed with films (Ilford HP5, XP2, FP4, Pan 100 & Pan 50, Portra 800, 400 & 160, Velvia 100 & 50, Sensia 100, Ektar 100, APX 100, Fomapan 200, Tri-X 400, Rolleï 400, BW400CN & Superia 400) by Nikkormat FS, 1968 & Praktica MTL5, 1984.

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