“These images contain familiar echoes of classic icons but adorn themselves with modern elements. From these everyday moments, seized with harshness, without bitterness, emerges the force of exchanges between two beings and the milk becomes, as in the Greek legend of the Milky Way, the vector of a world under construction” – Vincent Ferrane
Milky Way is a series of photos of my wife and our child during breastfeeding. The aesthetic aspect is determined by the nurture which imposes its geometry on bodies and on space they occupy. These images contain familiar echoes of classic icons but adorn themselves with modern elements.
From these everyday moments, seized with harshness, without bitterness, emerges the force of exchanges between two beings and the milk becomes, as in the Greek legend of the Milky Way, the vector of a world under construction.The series presented in the book is somewhat similar to a diary, it adopts a chronological way, spread over several months from the first days at the maternity until the last ones of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding appears as a rhythm that gradually takes its part in the others cycles of life, those of nature and the seasons, and of days and nights.
It starts with a frozen landscape and ends in spring time. There are as well images taken at night that, except small details, look alike (same composition, same light). They structure the whole book as the metronome of this very special period like the pulse of a wooly parallel time dimension.
All images are courtesy of Vincent Ferrane.
Artist statement by Vincent Ferrane. Vincent’s work was kindly suggested by Chiara Bardelli, photo editor at Vogue Italia.
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VINCENT FERRANE BIOGRAPHIE
Born in 1974 in Créteil. He lives and works in Paris. After studying science, he turned to photography in 2004. He regularly works for French and international press magazines such as Les Inrockuptibles, Télérama, ELLE, Grazia and Vanity Fair. He is member of the agency Modds with which he works in assignments in portraits and advertising. In parallel to this work, he develops personal projects, where the real adorned with signs opens to symbolic and sensitive interpretations. His previous project, “Bienvenue”,consists of making a film from which he draws photograms to invent a new story. It was the subject of a solo exhibition during Les Rencontres de la photographie of Arles. Commanderie Sainte Luce in 2015.