MEDITERRANEAN: panta rei project
The geometries drawn by French fisherman Guillaume Letestu as he throws his nets in the Mediterranean from his boat floating slowly over the sea. A hymn to form and beauty; an ode to this Mare Nostrum too often associated with death and not related to the eternal cycle of life made of movement and constant transformations.
With the concept of panta rei, Greek philosopher Heraclitus used to insist on ever-present change as being the fundamental essence of the Universe, as stated in the famous saying, "No man ever steps in the same river twice". This position was complemented by his stark commitment to a unity of opposites in the world, stating that "the path up and down are one and the same". Through these doctrines Heraclitus characterized all existing entities by pairs of contrary properties, whereby no entity may ever occupy a single state at a single time.
The photographs were shot at night and early morning with the only light of the Moon (sometimes) and the boat's lamp used by Guillaume to see what is going on while he throws the net in the sea. The series was made during the Spring 2015 while I was an Artist-in-Residence at The Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France.