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Pas de repos pour les braves

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Léon photographies (Saint-Priest-des-Champs, France) on 5 September 2016 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Aurora Mountain Farm - At the farm (Yukon), Canada

Il y avait des hommes pour qui le monde agricole ne se mesurait qu’à la force, qu’à une sanglante rationalisation du rendement par la mort. Dans ce monde-là, la postérité ne comptait pas, et les vices capitalistes non plus, d’ailleurs. Il y avait cependant d’autres hommes pour qui la paysannerie voulait encore dire quelque chose, pour qui cet état de conscience qui se développait à travers la mort lui conférait la force et la faiblesse de l’amour. Face à eux-mêmes, les paysans ne se noyaient pas dans la dénaturation du vivant, ils vivaient parmi la mort, absorbés par le remord de ces journées sanglantes.

There were men to whom the agricultural world could only be measured by strength, by a bloody rationalisation of yield through deadly processes. In this world, posterity didn’t count, neither did the capitalistic vices. However, there were other men to whom peasantry would still mean something, to whom this state of consciousness that was developing through death was awarding the strength and the weakness of love. Facing themselves, peasans were not drowning in the denaturation of life, they were living amongst death, absorbed by the repentance of these bloody days.

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.