The Isle in the Islands

Olivier Meriel was born in Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer in Normandy and has been making black and white photos for 40 years. Inspired by a life of memories and fresh encounters, his work is based on the dialogue between light and shade, and the composition of foreground and background. Time spent in the laboratory is fundamental to him. His work resembles that of a musical composition: his negative, the score; the development process, his interpretation.

Although he works with the lights of the South (Tuscany, Serbia, Palestine), his lens has always remained faithful to the places associated with Norman history: Norway, Iceland, Scotland, Ireland and Sicily…and, of course, the Channel Islands.

Olivier invites us to discover the Island’s shores and inhabitants; strong and endearing visions in these landscapes and faces.

Exhibition by Musee de Normandie, Ville de Caen

Sponsored by Region Normandie, with the help of: States of Jersey / Societe Jersiaise, Maison de la Normandie et de la Manche, Bureau des Iles Anglo-Normandes

Image: Jersey, Saint-Helier, 10/2014