Lore Stessel – The Body Will Thrive
In The body will thrive, Lore Stessel collects images with different subjects: a mountain landscape seen from the sky, ice walls rising from the water, a swimming man and woman, people dancing, close-ups of plants, details of head, hands, etc. To almost all of these images, the expression “in motion” applies: the maker of the images can move, as can the subject of the images.
Lore Stessel manipulated the analogue printing process in the darkroom by painting her canvasses beforehand with light-sensitive emulsion and pouring the developer over certain areas.
In this body of work Lore reconciles three gestures: the gesture of the photographer and the importance of the right decision in choosing what moment to capture; the gesture of the dancer and the capturing of a fraction of their movement; and finaly, the gesture of the painter, which (re)introduces the movement to the still imag, during the developing process.
Throughout these meetings between photographer and dancer, mutual “trust” between both partner is essential. The entire creative process takes place within the compelling suspense of time, always accompanied by a deeply human awarness of its fleetingness and value.
Text: Marie-Pascale Gildemyn