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Alain Etchepare
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The big city

Fri Feb 26, 2010, 10:52 AM


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The big city


What strange city is this that offers ‘herself’ to our eyes and whose
walls bleed fear and regrets? A cannibal city whose spreading web has
slowly overtaken the world. Is ‘she’ the result of a society,
over-reaching, that has finally lost control to the point of
suffocating itself?


A city -  mirror image of a world driven by consumption and greed -
intoxicated by all that is new, inexorably leading to boredom and
rejection; a city where each passing day sees it fallen idols being
burnt - glorified one day, forgotten the next.


A paradox of a city, overcrowded, which sees ‘herself’ perfect, but where one never felt so alone.


A city that has finally won. Of the billion men which populated ‘her’,
all that is left now is dust…. the faintest hint of a memory.


With this series, I invite you to wander through this now defunct and
silent city. You will be the only visitor, asking the questions, alone
with your emotions, your regrets…

How did we come to this?

Are men that blind?


For this series, I have looked in our cities - here and everywhere -
for all those places that we no longer see, those not-so-old places
that are now forgotten, abandoned, rejected…buried under a relentless
modernism. Those places that seem so out-of-time, symbols of the race
against the clock that we run against life itself. These ghetto-like
places where its people are ignored by a world consumed more than ever
by a blind chase, eyes on the prize, overlooking the essential.


But is the city that I am showing you only a fragment of my imagination?

Or does ‘she’ already exist all around us?

Take a closer look!

>> Full serie


La grande ville


Quelle est cette ville étrange qui s'ouvre à nos regards et où les murs suintent la peur et les regrets ?....

Une ville cannibale, tentaculaire qui a fini par recouvrir le monde...

Est-elle le résultat d'une Société qui aurait voulu aller trop loin et
qui aurait finalement perdu tout contrôle au point de s'étouffer
elle-même?

Une ville où régnait la peur et où l'on ne s'éloignait plus au delà des avenues larges et éclairées...

Une ville, reflet d'un monde où la consommation était maitre, où
l'appât du gain, l'ivresse de la nouveauté ont créé l'ennui et le
rejet, où l'on brulait chaque jour ses idoles déchues, adulées un jour,
oubliées le lendemain...

Une ville paradoxale, surpeuplée, qui se voulait parfaite, mais où jamais on ne s'était senti si seul...



Une ville qui a finalement gagné. Des hommes qui la peuplaient par
milliards il ne reste que poussière... A peine le souffle d'un souvenir.



A travers cette série j'ai voulu vous inviter à faire une incursion
dans cette ville morte et silencieuse. Vous y serez le seul visiteur,
le seul à vous interroger, seul face à vos émotions, vos regrets...

Comment a t-on pu en arriver là?

L'homme est il si aveugle?



Dans cette série j'ai cherché dans nos cités d'ici ou d'ailleurs tous
ces endroits qu'on ne voit déjà plus, ces lieux parfois récents mais
qui sont oubliés, délaissés, rejetés.. Écrasés par un modernisme
permanent. Ces lieux qui semblent hors du temps, symboles de cette
course contre la montre qu'on mène contre la vie elle même. Ces
quartiers ghettos où même leurs habitants sont ignorés du reste du
monde qui poursuit toujours plus avant sa course aveugle, les yeux
fixés sur tout ce qui brille, oubliant l'essentiel.

Mais cette ville que je vous montre, est elle réellement une fiction
sortie de mon imagination ? N'existe elle pas déjà tout autour de nous
? Regardez !

>> Voir toute la série




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ChelseaStarling Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Happy Birthday! Pink bouncing cake 
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2018
Happy Birthday Alain!
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SenhArt Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2018
:iconchampagneplz::iconchampagneplz: Happy Birthday :) (Smile)!!
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mads-dat-yeemo Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Sorry for spamming Favorites, I love your incredible work and honestly look up to you after a few minutes of viewing your breathtaking art.
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mads-dat-yeemo Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You most likely won't see this, but I truly believe everything I said and typing this for absolutely no reason was worth it.
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2017
Happy Birthday Alain!
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Happy Birthday Alain!
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Destiny3000 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR TOMORROW!

Hope you have a great day!
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Destiny3000 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
What an incredible gallery you have!
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015
Happy Birthday
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