Someone once asked me, why do we lose so much. They said, ‘I’ve lost my mother, my dreams, my soulmate, my ambition.’ I told them, we lose to learn, things die to make room for the new, and we must face that.
'But they haven’t died, they abandoned me,’ They said.
'Death takes many forms.’
'Death smiles at us all, the only thing we can do is smile back.’
Emmanuel Monzon is a french photographer and visual artist based in Seattle, WA. He graduated from the Academy of Beaux-Arts in Paris, France with honors. His work has been featured throughout the US, Europe and Asia (through exhibitions, selections and various awards). Through his work, he explores and questions the signs of urban sprawl in our visual field. His photographic process is being influenced with his plastic art artist background.
Urban Sprawl II:This series focuses primarily on the idea of urban sprawling and the urban expansion of its periphery. Monzon photographs urban banality as though it were a romantic painting, trying only to be “stronger than this big nothing” in controlling the space by framing the subject. Monzon’s aesthetic of the banal obeys its own rules: a ban on living objects, a precise geometrical organization, and the revelation of a specific physical and mental landscape blurring the lines between city and suburb, between suburb and countryside, a process that results in an independent identity. This aesthetic of the emptiness in my photographic work attempts to understand our current environment.
My hands no longer clench,
And I want for not a single thing.
I’ve had everything,
And nothing has had me.
My hands will not clench,
But I long to grasp you,
I am lost in the rhythm of your soft breath,
I am falling right to you,
But my hands no longer clench,
And I will feel this floor.
My hands will no longer clench,
Yet, I dream of clenching you.