DANIEL METZ

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The artist

Daniel Metz lives in Grenoble, in the Rhône-Alpes region in France. It is therefore no accident that the mountain environment has become an important leitmotiv in his photography. Alongside his activity as a graphic designer and image professional, he has developed a passion for the 8th art, a passion that allows him to capture the beauty of the landscapes he encounters and to share his vision. He thus prefers to adopt the approach of an amateur photographer, in the best sense of the word, in order to express his own tastes, without the constraints of commissions or profitability. A fan of naturalism, above all he strives to create photos that are as faithful as possible to the reality he perceives, so that the spectator can experience the same pleasure and fascination he feels in the face of the harmony and grandeur of nature. His series on China is intended above all as a testament to a traditional past that is now dying out, owing to the major changes and booming development of modern China.  ... See more See less

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My approach is to find in landscape photography the right balance between realism and the idealisation of reality. The search for an ideal photo is an endless quest.

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Since his favourite field is landscape photography, Daniel Metz never tires of travelling to reveal all of the depths of an ever-changing China. The French photographer establishes the themes that he holds dear and ensures that all of the conditions to achieve perfection are in place. On a recent journey to the Guangxi region, he became passionate about the rural landscapes bordering the Li River. Beyond impressive mountainous reliefs that form jagged panoramas, Daniel Metz criss-crossed the preserved villages of the surrounding area, such as the ancient city of Huangyao, which offers a bygone atmosphere and sense of harmony, an almost mystical kind of peace. On the left, we can notably perceive an intact propaganda poster from the Mao Zedong era. Based on Metz?s background as a theorist of colour, the subject of many publications, he makes it a point of honour to showcase this aspect as an essential element of imagery. In his work, the colour contrasts and lighting reveal forms and accentuate the beauty and authenticity of the landscapes he explores.

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Why photography? Sight is the sense that brings me the most pleasure. More than taste, hearing, or touch. Photography, even if it is a reduction of a real scene, can sometimes provide strong visual sensations.Your inspiration (artistically, in partic...

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28 May 2018

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