When he captured Automorphoses that the locals would pass by unaware, Pierrick Gaumé discovered how anamorphoses of cityscapes resemble human organs.
Beyond possible analogies to Dali's molten clocks and Escher's tricky use of perspective, these reflections of buildings seem to bend, wrap around and curl against one another as if Paris or San Francisco were a giant organism made up of many interconnected bodies. Their undulations may recall those of blood vessels, and their repeating geometrical shapes evoke the process of cell division.
We wonder: can the machines that Gaumé pictures be forced back into natural patterns simply by the oblique sunlight acting randomly on their concave and convex volumes? In the footsteps of Andrej Kertesz, Ray Metzker, Klaus Lang and Max Forsythe, Gaumé creates works about mirrors and reflections. He pictures richly colorful and curvy street scenes in which for a brief instant the automotive details come to life. Evincing a shininess both glacial and warm, they hug buildings and people with their muscular shapes.
Jeanne M. Lesinski
Jeanne M. Lesinski is the editor-in-chief of www.360MainStreet.com.
A selection of Gaumé's Automorphoses has been exhibited and collected since 2009 in Loches, France and in San Francisco, California. Other Automorphoses will soon be shown at:
- the Hôtel du Departement in Blois (France) within the Photofolies en Touraine festival, from July 30th to August 26th, 2010,
- at the Arcades Institute in Tours (France) within the Photofolies en Touraine festival, from October 1st to 31st, 2010, as well as in other places in San Francisco and in Palo Alto (California) in September and October 2010.
Though they are shot from real objects that reflect natural light, the photographs that Gaumé first named Automorphoses have sometimes been described as 'images on the verge of vertigo'. Since 2009, Gaumé's Automorphoses have been exhibited several times in France as well as published in American media such as College Hill Review & Cimarron Review. Click on its link below in order to review it:
After capturing most of his Automorphoses in the streets of San Francisco, Gaumé also made more in Bay City, MI. 'Street Glaciers' is its photography essay on 360mainstreet.com:
For Gaumé as well as for Cimarron Review, 2010 has started with the 'SF Cooper' Automorphose as a cover image :
Automorphoses show announcement on SF Station's 'June of Arts' page by Jed Serrano (June 2010) http://www.sfstation.com/tjune-of-arts-a29971