French photographer David One`s "Presence" photo essay takes that feeling of when you think someone is watching / following you but you can't and puts it into a visual form. Perhaps that description was a tad vague but the pictures he created are nothing less then spectacularly moving and emotional. You find yourself feeling the loss and heartbreak the "ghost" as well as the person mourning. Where there is sadness and death there is also beauty. Take a look for yourself.
MTL Blog got the chance to chat with the photographer to find out more about her craft and how she developed as an artist.
Answers have been edited for clarity and conciseness.
What made you get into photography? How did you develop your style?
In my first — and only — year of university, I started studying film. I got a bit frustrated by the theory aspect of it and took all the money I put aside for my degree to buy a camera in order to teach myself and travel.
I often questioned whether I could travel solo as a woman. It fed into my already existing reflections as an immigrant in Montreal.
I have also always had a deep fascination for the erotic and nudity. Maybe because it was so taboo in my culture. All that mixed up together is kind of what led me to what I like shooting now.
I feel like my style is constantly evolving and changing every day. But what remains stable is my curiosity for my subject's vulnerability and being able to explore intimacy in all its forms, either through fashion or documentary photos.
Your portraits really highlight body positivity. Was that your intention? Why is body positivity so important to you?
Growing up as an immigrant and changing countries twice, I quickly learned about what it's like to be "different," to not fit a mould and often not feel like you belong.
This really fed my exploration of what diversity means to me and how important it is to engage in conversations about it — And by diversity, I'm talking about diversity in cultures, sexualities, bodies. That's one reason why this is important to me.
For me, a naked body is a landscape that tells a story. It's such a complex and powerful thing to witness and that's why it's important to portray a multitude of it.
When I shoot close-ups of bodies I truly see all the corners of someone's body as an intricate and shape-shifting landscape with plenty of mounts, valleys and textures that deserves to be celebrated.
What do you love most about what you do?
There are so many things I love about what I do.
I love seeing people open up to me. Being faced with my own insecurities and doubts as I explore people's doubts with them.
I love exploring subjects such as intimacy, diversity, eroticism and vulnerability through my photography.
I love being able to portrait the beauty of the human body through my lens and let my vision evolve. Celebrating the beauty of our ever-changing bodies.
As Quebec heads toward what's expected to be a fresh new round of lockdown restrictions, it could join the ranks of countries and areas with COVID-19 curfew rules, according to multiple reports.
The Quebec government hasn't confirmed any details of its possible curfew ahead of a 5:00 p.m. Wednesday press conference, but around the world, jurisdictions with their own curfew orders offer some possible scenarios.
Between December 26 and January 2, Northern Ireland imposed what its government called a "stay at home curfew" between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
Between these hours, all gatherings were banned and "essential retail" had to close.
Take-out and delivery were banned too.
"Grocery click and collect services" could continue after 8:00 p.m. but only "for orders already placed."
Gas stations could stay open "for fuel and air."
Sports activities were also banned but "elite training" could continue outside curfew hours.
The U.S. is a patchwork of COVID-19 restrictions. Rules vary by state, county and municipality.
The most recent information can be found on these jurisdictions' websites, but here's a snapshot of rules that have been in place in recent months.
In November, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a "limited stay at home order" for certain counties between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.
According to the state's public health department, the order included a ban on non-essential "activities conducted outside the residence, lodging, or temporary accommodation with members of other households."
However, the order made clear that it did not "prevent" people "from leaving their residence [...] as long as they [did] not engage in any interaction with (or otherwise gather with)" people from other households.
Across the country, Ohio issued a curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., but there were numerous exceptions.
The curfew did "not apply to those going to and from work" nor to anyone "getting groceries or going to the pharmacy."
Restaurants were allowed to continue take-out and delivery during the curfew hours.
In Miami-Dade County, Florida, meanwhile, a curfew order that went into effect in mid-October stated that "no person" was allowed to "make use of any street or sidewalk for any purpose" between midnight and 6:00 a.m.
But in addition to exceptions for essential workers and travel, people walking dogs or going to "any religious service," there was also a striking exception for people "travelling to and from any sporting event sponsored by the NCAA, Major League Baseball, or the National Football League, or any other national professional sports league or organization."
Quebec Premier François Legault is expected to announce new lockdown restrictions in a press conference at 5:00 p.m. on January 6, 2021.
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