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)

Archive : Zulu: chasing dancing ghost …

In: Archives · Experiments

In 2009 Yours Truly was asked to craft a book cover for Labyrint, a new Copenhagen-based publishing company translating French crime novels into Danish. I was sent to Marseille to walk the path of Fabio Montale and photograph the guts of Marseille’s side in Jean-Claude Izzo’s Total Kheops. Some of the results, which have hung in […]

Archived exhibition

Archive : The hunt for the dudes and dudettes…

In: Archives · Humanistic Views

A first of May in Kobenhavn… One camera, one film, one day… many beers and one sausage! The first of May is quite an institution in Copenhagen, this year it was sunny (after a couple of years of rainy firsts of May) and people poured in the streets and slowly (or not) converged toward Faelledparken […]

Archived exhibition

Every street has a story to tell…

In: Exhibitions · Experiments

This exhibition will hopefully tell that Asian streets have many stories to tell. The stories they tell might be true, they also might be pure fiction. There might not be any obvious story. I am but a chronicler, a mere scribe. Does one really care? Isn’t it as true as we like it to be? […]

Archive : LabiChampi in Karosta, Latvia

In: Archives · Reportage

Imagine a bunch of artist-architects… Now imagine an old Russian navy base, turned into some sort of ghetto in Latvia… Now continue imagining these people taking care of modifying some destroyed buildings into an art centre… And to top that all, imagine an orthodox cathedral beaming in the evening light. I have to admit I […]

Archived exhibition

Archive : A trip in the jungle with my dear friend Holga

In: Archives · Reportage

All june I was away from… everywhere, lost in the middle of nowhere, a nowhere that looked a lot like the jungle. As it was more or less a photographic trip I chose carefully my cameras. And then everybody yells: “why Holga then!?!?” First of all I do whatever I want, it is my trip. […]

Archived exhibition

Archive : French farming

In: Archives · Land Portraits

You cannot always go in holidays on the other side of the globe, even if attractive as an idea it is also I believe quite misleading. Indeed, one fail to see the beam in one’s eye but can very well think that it is more beautiful in a country in “-stan”. The French countryside is […]

Archived exhibition

Archive : Music is good for your health!!

In: Archives · Reportage

I listen to an awful lot of music, and many people might argue to a lot of noise as well. They overlap anyway… I love to go to show and of course shoot a few pictures… Then the more I do it the more I like small venues, obscure smoky clubs. More than big halls […]

Archived exhibition

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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