Voir la mer - les plages urbaines françaises
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Désormais, profiter du rêve balnéaire en ville devient possible. Depuis une dizaine d'années, le concept de plages urbaines se développe en France. Les sens et les frontières s'y brouillent. Dans ces univers surréalistes, la congestion des villes vient contraster avec l'imaginaire marin.
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See the sea
Now, in France, people can enjoy the seaside dream, even in the city. For the past decade, the number of urban beaches have been growing. Although Paris Plage is the most famous, there are in fact about fifty similar places that exist in France. And every year, new urban beaches are created.
Saint-Quentin (North of France) was the first one, in 1996. For more than 20 years, the sea or rather the illusion of the sea has been invited into the heart of the city. At these sites, you find many beach symbols, including palm trees, sand, beach huts, and water. Only one element is missing, the most important one : the sea.
There, senses and borders become blurred. Welcome in these surrealistic places, where city congestion contrast with marine landscape and give you the feeling that you have a photomontage right before your eyes.
How do people imagine, act, and live out this balneal wish when they live far from the coast? How do urban beaches model the city and fit into the urban landscape? How these places are distorted, lived by the beach attendant?
“People are collectively invited to play to a spin, which consists to play to the beach without the sea", said Emmanuelle Lallemand, a french ethnologue. For the projet, i used an old camera. With its rendering and soft colors, it developed all the out of the ordinary, the beauty, and the poesy of these places,
Marine environment is also a strong vector of imagination. Coloured with a soft nostalgia, these pictures remove any temporality and give an impression of timelessness, like pictures of a dream, a far off marine landscape.