The story behind the lens…
Born in 1987, Camille Sonally studied and graduated from the Montpellier School of Fine Arts and the National School of Photography, in Arles, France. Her work has been shown in La Friche Belle de Mai in Marseille, in the CRAC (The Regional Contemporary Art Centre) in Sète, in the International Festival of Photography in Arles and in Circulation(s) in Paris. A member of Hans Lucas’ studio, her artistic work has been published in many publications (Fisheye Magazine, The Art Factory Magazine, Konbini, Insensé Magazine, Self Publish Be Happy …) She is a freelance photographer.
About the project ‘News From Nowhere’:
News from Nowhere is a series of photographs taken on the island of Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands. It questions the concept of exoticism as well as being somewhere else – ideas I felt were very real in our conception of the island as an object. Visiting Lanzarote, an extremely touristy island, I could experience first hand the exoticness of the place and what arouses curiosity and brings the tourist and his camera there. I had the weird feeling of already knowing the landscapes I was discovering for the first time; the images were taken in Lanzarote but could have been taken anywhere else. The close-ups, the bright colours, the play on proportions and editing in the same photo brings out Lanzarote’s special features: a stereotyped exoticism thought by popular imagination.
About the project Miami/Languedoc-Roussillon:
Having grown up in the Languedoc region (in the south of France) Camille Sonally has always felt that some tourist locations gave the impression of being in America. In the “Miami/Languedoc- Roussillon” series, she isolates the context of stereotypical elements evoking the American continent to artificially create a sense of the exotic.