Following on from the great response I received, and my own personal interest on the back story behind the images of Josh Redman that appear on my web site, I asked Remi Rebillard to perform a similar exercise.
The results of which are here :
I do like this process, as even though I have always been a real believer in a picture telling it’s own story and not requiring any written description, the information I am being given tends to answer questions I am asked when showing the work.
Additionally, I happen to like the way there seems to be intrigue involved. In Remi Rebillard’s case it is the thread running through about the missing model. Nothing major but somehow interesting…..
“Flaming Chloée” This was inspired by a painting I saw at the Frick Collection in NYC.
“Regrets” Taken in rural Kentucky, USA. What happens when you meet a local beauty and have an encounter with the Amish.
This is a polaroid I took while I was directing a music video in Miami in the 1990’s. Just magic.
“At the Nudity of Our Thoughts” I was supposed to shoot with this girl several weeks before and she disappeared.
“Red is the Color of Rubies, Strawberries an Alea” Alea is one of my muses. She and the wind were the stars of this moment.
“Fêlures” Pure Alea.
This is another of my muses, Chloée. I paired her with the most gentle Comtois horse named Pistache who I met on a chance encounter.
“Quand J’avais Sous les Yeux ce Poème”
24 hours in Havana, Cuba. I flew over and back with my friend who is a senior pilot for Air France. I spent more time in the plane than on the ground.
“Evaporating” New York City – 20° F
“Anticipation” An old Amish house in rural Kentucky.
The King of New York” I was having a slice in New York and this kid rode in on his unicycle, ordered his pizza, ate and left and never got off his bike. He was the king.
“Distant Thoughts” I shot this on the beach at an old folk’s resort in Florida. They asked me to leave but I kept shooting. And then a man said, “What part of ‘please leave’ do you not understand?” By then I had the shot.
“A Maddening Disregard for the Passage of Time” The beach in Calais. It was a freezing cold day in January and we were only 2 souls on that beach. Us and a wind of over 80 mph.
“Shining From Behind Her Tears” Biarritz. Massive waves were coming up over the road. Several passerbys were soaked to the bone.
“Un Couvent” An old Catholic convent in France.
“A Surreal Encounter” Bardenas Reales with the lovely Raphaëlle. We had to stop this shot to let a shepherd and his 200+ sheep pass…herding dogs included.
“A Une Passante” I found an old bus from the early 1970’s. Just sitting there empty waiting for me.
“To See Me Melt Into this Rain” There is something about rain on a window. For me it is another layer of emotion added to the image.
“In Her Silent Dreams” Miami Beach Community Church…..a stolen moment.
“1953 Kaiser Deluxe” The other side of Vegas. Yes, there is joy there.
“After All…” I was shooting in a hospital that was in the process of being demolished. Most every room was colorless. It was hallways of white and grey and black. And then I turned a corner and happened upon this flash of red. I am sure it was waiting there just for me.
“L’Attente de L’Aube” An old dirty motel on the road. Just getting ready to shoot. Sometimes that is when the magic happens.
Again, this is the girl who disappeared. Her agency did not find her until the day after she was supposed to shoot with me. Turns out she was in the hospital.
“Silent Pauses” The most beautiful Hannah.
“Time Regained” I found a small group of these very old cars off the road in a field. They were all gutted and shot up. They had a story to tell and I was here to share it.
Between shots in a broken factory in Brussels. She was freezing and needed a moment to warm up.
“Je vous parle d’un temps…” I had a stylist that day, but this was the model’s own clothes. She is truly from another time.
Nice, France at the end of the day.
“Checkmate” New parking lot.
“Teuntje” Anachronistic Dutch girl.
“Until I am Nothing but Blind” Willow Hand before she was Willow Hand.
“It’s Never Wrong to Dream” 1950’s 10 bedroom house in East Hampton, wintertime belonging to a lonely fellow. I stayed one night and I sensed those who had lived there. There was this haunted feeling of being watched.
So many rooms for this one man and his small dog to inhabit. I felt those who had lived there before were trying to communicate with him; I felt they were looking in.
Colder than cold….3 feet of fresh snow and temperatures around -25° F. After a brief discussion with this Amish family they started walking home and then the little one turned and looked at me.
Artistic shot for Vogue Italia, June 2014.
“The Fragmentary Girl” Inspired by Sylvia Plath.
” A la Recherche du Temps” My private beach, Florida.
And to end the story, she knew she would be shooting nude with me and she feared she was too heavy. That is how she ended up in the hospital prior to this shoot, she had stopped eating. But she finally made it and she was wrong, she was perfect.
Just a moment behind the glass. When there is water or dirt on glass I think it intensifies the emotion. There is life in those droplets.
Prada trench coat, a fashion shot.
“Sleepless” South Beach art deco hotel.
“A Passage” Willow Hand and her dolls.
“Dessous Chics” and The New York Times. A great combination.
Vintage swimsuits in Palm Beach.
“It’s Over” Italian girl, Italian restaurant. Miami.
“Solitude” Desert in Utah. This was a grand moment for me of solitude and beauty.
“So Long” Portrait, Route 66.
“Still Vibrant in My Mind” Route 66, inspiration taken from old movies and new.
“I Don’t Ever Remember Feeling This Awake” Route 66 Thoughts of Thelma and Louise.
“A Desert Road From Vegas to Nowhere” Death Valley. Descending into the Badlands.
“Only Vagabonds Can Be Poets” Gypsy lady I met on the road.
“I Wish I Could Tell You How Lonely I Am” Old arena in Key Biscayne.
“A Hot Dry Wind Blows Right Through Me” Abandoned buildings in the Mojave Desert
#54) “A Portrait of Love and Loss” 1970’s bus in the countryside of France.
#55) “La Lectrice” This touches me on so many levels. My wife sitting on my mother’s bed with my grandparent’s watching from the photo on the wall.
#56) This is a clog and shoemaker storefront in Thenon, France. It had been closed since many years but you could still see the tools and clogs laying about on the workbenches and desks. As I was shooting, a lady came from across the street and said to me, did you know the owner died today? Did you know him? I did not, but I wish I did.
#57) “Carnets de Voyage” English car in the French countryside.
#58) “Le Rendez-vous” Lighthouse, Key Biscayne, FL.
#59) “The Closed Door” Broken house in Brussels. It was winter and the snow was falling into the house.
#60) “A Little Cafe Just Around the Bend” I climbed up on top of this boarded-up cafe to get this shot. The Salton Sea is just off to my left, waiting for me.
#61) “In the Tear of Heat” I was on the south side of the Grand Canyon and could see the smoke filling the sky. It was coming from the Kaibib Forest. I went in towards the center until I reached the flames. They were pretty much everywhere. As I was shooting, a ranger approached and told me I would have to leave immediately, that it was not safe. As he was saying this a large pine tree burst into flames and fell over. Yes, it was time to go but I got my shot.
#62) “Bruce” Bruce was fishing. He was focused.
#63) Broken house in Brussels.
#64) Blues Brothers in a trailer park in the USA.
#65) “A Look, a Whisper” Cathedral in France.