Born in 1974, Éric Antoine is a self-taught French photographer. For more than ten years, he has devoted himself to the ancient photographic process of collodion; placing the tangibility of images at the centre of his artistic process. In an approach that can often resemble sculpting, Éric Antoine produces shimmering silver artworks that are simultaneously photographs and physical objects. Without the slightest trace of nostalgia, his approach is an emancipatory artistic method. Through understanding his artistic process inside out, the photographer achieves an ideal fusion between form and spirit, between his artistic research methods and the most intimate messages behind his photographs.
Via both the everyday practicalities and the fundamental techniques, the artist’s work is inseparable from his personal life. He questions the passing of time, memory, the healing of wounds and hope. The spirit of Éric Antoine’s work materialises through the symbols and allegories present within his photographs. The feeling of isolation is a central theme that runs through his work. Here, his choice to live a life in the heart of nature, far from the chaos of the urban world, is revealed. This solitude is as beneficial as it is fertile; it is a distancing that allows him to see the world and its vicissitudes with clarity. Via artistic suggestions and subtleties, the artist’s work firmly denounces the active implementation of sensationalism.