About: Arnaud De Grave

aka hern42

Arnaud De Grave (a.k.a. mostly Hern42) came rather late to photography, like everything he does nowadays. Before that he was busy being good at school, or rather he was not enough of a rebel not to be... But the times, they are a-changing, as one says. He became interested in photography because he was not good enough in skateboarding, starting both around 2000 at the age of 25, which is, he knows, rather very late. So that kills the usual myth of having been given an ancient camera by one's father at age five and never looking back again. However he was indeed offered his first "real" camera by his father, albeit at a later time. Then started a long progression of travelling and shooting and collecting older and weirder cameras, buying more and more films and exposing them. Getting more and more addicted to producing images which would fit within whatever fancy he got inside his ever oh-so fastly (ghastly?) changing mood. He created many things in order to have more opportunities to perform photography: the French association BOP, the Copenhagen based group CCCP (which stood for "Color Climax Copenhagen Photographers"), etc. He prefers rather long projects based on travelling and social behaviour in the gonzo way (in reference to Hunter Thompson but without too much of the drug intake, not the Muppet Show...) ... "When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk." - Tuco / The good, the bad and the ugly (1967)





Exhibitions by Arnaud De Grave (5 current & 5 archive)

Celebrating Tom Abrahamson’s 75 birthday…

With profound respect and fond memories, we are remembering Tom’s photography on his birthday. The following picture is from our Photo Analogies #2‘s One Shot guest section… Happy birthday Tom! — C’est avec un profond respect et une bonne cargaison de splendides souvenirs que nous nous rappelons de la photographie de Tom Abrahamson, le jour […]

Tom Abrahamson - from PA#2

La Modification – Projet collaboratif Arnaud De Grave & Arnaud Thurel

In: Exhibitions · Experiments

« La Modification » est une exposition commune de deux membres de BOP. Il s’agit d’une exposition faite pendant un « voyage immobile » : Arnaud De Grave est parti en road-trip en Espagne et au Portugal tandis qu’Arnaud Thurel restait chez lui dans le Grésivaudan. L’un et l’autre correspondaient uniquement par l’entremise de quelques mots, envoyés chaque jour par sms (dans un sens puis dans l’autre) et à partir desquels chacun devait prendre des photographies avec comme contrainte d’en faire un triptyque au demi-format.

Arnaud De Grave - La Modification extra

Life and faces of the Alaotra lake, Madagascar

In: Exhibitions · Reportage

The AlaReLa (Alaotra Resilience Landscape) Madagascar project started in November 2013, with a project life of three years. One of the objectives is to understand the complex human-environmental system of the Alaotra. The project consists of three phases: understanding, exploring, communicating, with the latter ongoing, from inception to end of the project, and beyond. […] In the following we present some of the photography taken during the first session of the photographer in the Alaotra. Lucienne Wilmé provided the caption text from a researcher’s perspective, Patrick Waeber drafted this Introduction and Ihoby Randriamalala translated it into Malagasy.

Madagascar - AlaReLa project 01

Underwater logging in Panama

In: Exhibitions · Reportage

“Underwater logging in Panama” is a work that took Arnaud De Grave almost all 2013 to complete. A first shooting session of about 15 days in March to get the first batch of pictures, then another session in October to set up the resulting exhibition (at the Alliance Française du Panama) and shoot some more pictures. Here is presented this exhibition.

Underwater logging in Panama

Extreme Planting – Les Hommes qui plantaient des arbres en Colombie-Britannique

In: Exhibitions · Reportage

This exhibit presents a group of professional tree-planters in coastal BC. These people work in extremely challenging terrain and climate conditions, reforesting after clear-cuts. Beyond economical, political and ecological considerations and, the S word (sustainability, of course), these people perform a very difficult job with a great deal of optimism.



In: Exhibitions · Experiments

One may chase something through solitude or through loneliness. Solitude is not synonymous of loneliness. There is no message behind these pictures. There is just nature, atmosphere, loneliness. And maybe there is serenity… In fear every day, every evening, He calls her aloud from above, Carefully watched for a reason, Painstaking devotion and love, Surrendered […]

Alienation - Isolation by hern42

Life in Eastern India

In: Exhibitions · Humanistic Views

If we (“we” being: Chris Huby and Arnaud De Grave) are able to present this exhibition about India it is because of some sort of an accident. Our original plan was to visit and shoot in Bangladesh via contacts in an NGO working on site, therefore getting to interesting and remote areas. It was our […]

Darjeeling district hospital

About Bop

BOP name originated in French, it could be translated as: “wave and particle craft”.
BOP is an association whose goal is to promote film photography. It offers each member virtual space for their online portfolio and also aims at organizing collective paper exhibitions and publishing booklets. All BOP members are passionate photographers who aim at achieving high standards for each picture together with artistic coherency in their exhibitions.

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