• Laurent LOUBET

Et vous que devenez vous

It is here question of memory, family, filiation.

Old letters found at the bottom of a box (a container) end up becoming transparent when read too often. But the memory is still there, the stories and tales told by my
grandmother, real or fantasized, have always fueled my imagination.

Gone too early, my grandfather Jean, left these letters but very few images from that time. By illustrating his words with my photographs, familiar landscapes, portraits of great-grandchildren, I wanted to testify to this attachment, to this filiation like a stroll through family memory.

Letters written during the war to his family. Words that bear witness to the adversity, the tragedy, the anguish and at the same time the love for those close to him and the hope that kept him alive.I have long wondered why I feel close to this man I have known so little? Is it the physical resemblance that becomes evident with age? Is it his “extra ordinary” life that I admire?

The need a model to refer to? A guardian angel who protects me? Or the need to free yourself from a family memory that is sometimes a little heavy to carry?

Probably a bit of it all. By crossing his words with my images, this project is an attempt at a dialogue that I never had with this man, to get closer to him, to get to
know myself better ...

«And you ? what are you up to ?»
These protective words written as he was going through terrible ordeals reflect the benevolent character of this man. These words also still resonate with me and in a way question us. It is with these few images that I wanted to answer him.

Laurent LOUBET

Laurent Loubet was born in Hérault in 1963, he left to study in Paris at the age of 19, and now lives and works in Toulouse in IT.

Lover of film photography, collector of images and analog devices, his practice has become over time more intimate, more introspective with a particular taste for the «happy accidents» brought about by chance, experiments, failures and imperfections. in image processing.

He is initiated into the various old and
alternative printing processes (Lith, Cyanotype...) and is interested in the history of pictorialist movements in photography to build his author’s approach questioning the perception of reality in search of the boundaries of photography.