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Pierre Joseph of Seychelles stages his first solo photographic exhibition “Viktorya” and gains standing ovation

Pierre Joseph of Seychelles stages his first solo photographic exhibition “Viktorya” and gains standing ovation ( Through the eyes of an amateur, “Viktorya,” black and white photo exhibition is a “deja vu” impression of the town`s imposing buildings, with a succession of forms and shapes aligned on busy urban streets. But through a professional lens, the snapshots reflect special elements of lights, shadow, and tone, creating a compelling ambiance, only to be observed without the presence of colors.

As Pierre Joseph put it, the presence of colors “will serve only to distract or deflect the objective of understanding how surfaces reflect light and therefore create atmosphere.” Photos of Meghjee Building, Stevenson Delhomme apartment, or even Unity House, seen through the naked eyes in their calmer moments, appear somehow monotone but when seen through the eyes of a gifted artist, the same buildings are given a new dimension. The “Viktorya” photo exhibition gives them their due character, reducing them to a state of “inert statist,” as the photographer puts it.

The “Viktorya” photography exhibition was opened on Friday, April 4, at Eden Plaza Gallery on Eden Island in the presence of Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture, and PS for Culture Benjamine Rose, PS for Tourism Anne Lafortune, and the French Ambassador to Seychelles Madame Genevieve Lancu, among many other dignitaries and friends of the arts. In his address to officially open the photo exhibition, Minister Alain St.Ange gave recognition to Pierre Joseph for setting up the exhibition.

“It is no easy feat to mount a solo exhibition. You have portrayed courage, tenacity, and a willingness to make it happen. You`ve shown us that it`s possible,” Minister Alain St.Ange said.

He also said Seychelles is blessed with scores of potential artists. “In Seychelles we are blessed to have all kinds of arts, to have a pool of Seychellois artists delivering their respective forms of arts and in so doing safeguarding our national arts collection so that in due course the public can appreciate and continue to appreciate them.”

Pierre Joseph is a familiar name among Seychelles professional artists. “I have always been intrigued by black and white photographs, despite being trained in visual arts, I have a passion of taking pictures and nurturing photographic techniques," Pierre Joseph said.

“I used to keep records of negatives and prints. I produced postcards and gave them away as presents. Some things I have photographed more than a hundred times and they never look the same. The reference to portraits is evident, but I particularly enjoy going to the same place many times at differing times of the day to capture the change in atmosphere, the texture and subdued play of light on concrete, the shadows that tall leafless trees throw onto rocks, and the glare of the morning sun,” Pierre Joseph said.

Pierre Joseph thanked all those who either sponsored or supported his solo exhibition and presented the first of his collection, a photograph of the Offices of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, at the National Cultural Centre, to Alain St.Ange, the Minister for Tourism and Culture. Pierre Joseph`s exhibition remains open at Eden Plaza Gallery and his photographs are being sold as unique copies.


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