Why these photos? To tell the truth, I don’t really know anymore.
Perhaps it was a kind of voyage!
A trip through time, a trip through diverse ways of taking nude photographs within a studio : a location I don’t like very much because it is like a factory, a photo factory.
I tried every known style of approach without finding my own. Did I perhaps damage myself? Who knows! I nevertheless gained much enjoyment from those often absurd moments.
Perhaps there is a hidden reason behind these photos, a pretext, an alibi ? No, rest assured, nothing perverse.
The pretext was probably simply to come to Xavier’s studio every Friday afternoon to show him my work for the week and to talk about my photographs : to talk about PHOTOGRAPHY over a glass of wine. I had never tasted wine before meeting Xavier. But it wasn’t the intoxication supplied by the drink that made me vibrate, that made me soar when I entered his gallery, but the richness of his personality, his sensitivity, his knowledge of photography and his vision.
Dominique Houyet, 23/05/2007