“The window is an important reference in the philosophy and history of art, and it took on its full meaning in this period of confinement,” the photographer says. Indeed, windows have been the subject of many renowned artworks, from René Magritte’s paintings to Alfred Hitchcock’s film Rear Window. But Florent used one specifically: a Velux. “What is interesting is that it is turned only towards the sky, it does not give us direct access to the social world and does not show us external life. It is an opening towards the imaginary.” And so, Florent’s imagination flew away.
Inspired by picnics, which he associates with “a feeling of freedom – whether you live in a city or in the countryside,” he decided to place different objects and create still life scenes reminiscent of our pre-quarantine day-to-day lives: food, board games, candles… “It started with a few objects placed on the glass, then I created these scenes,” he says about the creative process. The result is a series of surrealist images that make us see everyday objects from a different point of view. “I see a little magic in these visuals. What can be an ordinary situation (a breakfast or a game) suddenly becomes a surreal moment. Objects mix in the sky, the fruits become elements of architecture. A game of dices becomes in this context and on the Velux much more than a simple game – it’s a dreamlike moment.”