Hortense Giraud will present “Twelve months on the river Save” at the Spéos Gallery, 7 rue Jules Vallès 75011 Paris, from 3rd of October to 3rd of November.
Opening of the exhibition: 3rd of October, from 6pm to 9pm.
About the exhibition
The Save is a river in southern France, flowing through the Hautes-Pyrénées, Gers and Haute-Garonne departments. As part of the artistic residency initiated by the Isère Department and the “Espace Naturel Sensible” (Sensitive Natural Area) of the Save, photographer Hortense Giraud was able to work on site for a whole year. This was a necessary period of immersion to explore and better grasp the essence of these remarkable places.
Walks along the water’s edge, meetings with the people who work on the site, landscapes to admire, plants to recognise, animals to protect… To recount her discoveries and share the secrets she gleaned from her investigations, she has written a book – Au fil de la Save (Along the Save River), and put together this exhibition. While the book focuses on the people who bring this area to life, their involvement and the dialogue that develops between them, the images you will see here are the fruit of a more poetic vision.
Photographs that tell us, perhaps better than any words could, of the magic of this natural environment. With the rhythm of the seasons, Hortense Giraud has captured the atmosphere, the small details, the tiny inhabitants of these places, the changing colors of the scenery… Everything that has caught her eye and moved her soul. A beautiful escape, right in the heart of the river Save.
About the photographer
A graduate of the Spéos International School of Photography, Hortense Giraud aims to capture everyday lives, from urban wanderings to family adventures and nocturnal odysseys. Influenced by documentary photography, her work explores the social dimension of our environments.
Hortense is a 2017 graduate from the Professional Photography in 1 year program.