Paris Flood 1910-2018

 With climate change, the weather starts to be more extreme. Inspired by the recurring flooding of Paris, I mix images of 1910 with contemporary photos of Paris. The layers and transparencies give an air surreal to the scene, something out of a Jules Verne story with machines and sea monsters. The digital images are printed on aluminum panels. The metal shows through the image, giving to the surface a unique translucent luminescence.

                 

 
 

"Behind You"

An example of when you’re not looking in the right direction. With climate change, we know the reasons and the facts, but as a society, we’re too slow to make the changes. The planet is getting ready to take her revenge.

 

Botanical Garden

Parisian people walking over the water on flimsy man made bridges, unaware of the creature Behind them. This cephalopod, a mix between the little shop of horror and Dale Chihuly’s sculpture seems to reach for the Eiffel tower in the background.

 

Metro bleu

Climate change is impacting France in different ways: warmer summers, insects invasion, intensive rain and snow in the winter. The ground cannot take it, the rivers overflow. Villages, built during the medieval time along the rivers, end up underwater. Even cities like Paris are in danger of submersion. One of the worst flood happened in 1910 in Paris, but since then it happens more and more often. Will Paris become a new Atlantis ?

 

Le zouave du pont de l'alma

Rivers swollen by France's heaviest rains in 50 years have engulfed romantic quays in Paris, swallowed up gardens and roads, and halted riverboat cruises. The Zouave statue traditionally serves as an unofficial standard in order to indicate the rise in the water level of the Seine. The river level is deemed alarming when water reaches the feet of the Zouave! The year 1910 is known as the year of the 'Flood of the 20th Century’. Waters indeed rose by 8.62 m and reached the shoulders of the Zouave statue! The second historical flood occurred in 1955; the Seine rose by 7.12 m and immersed the statue up to the waist. In 2001, the Zouave statue had water up to knee level (a 5m rise). On December 27, 2010 the river overflowed its bed once more (by 3.78 m). It reached the feet of the statue, causing major chaos in Paris; the river banks and the Metro (underground) were indeed closed to traffic. On June 4, 2016, at 2am, the Seine reached its peak at 6,10m. On January 27, 2018 the river level was up to 5,72m.

 

Entree interdite

The celebrated Parisian metropolitan is one of the first location to be under water when the Seine river overflows. Paris nervous system is now inaccessible. Like a beast in her cave this mythological sea monster stand guards. Jaded bystanders look at the scene.

 

Now and then

“Now and Then” is made from 2 photographs. the first one from 2017 and the second one from 1910. The peoples clothes change but their situation is identical.

 

wrong way, turn around

“Wrong Way-Turn Around” Digital manipulation, Limited Edition.

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"

"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to." "I don't much care where –"

"Then it doesn't matter which way you go.”

― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

 

Odeon

Is mother nature keeping an eye on us ? How would the previous generation judge us ? With more knowledge, more technology, more power we still make the same mistakes...To err is human, but for how long can we afford it...

 

Gare Montparnasse

The balance between man and nature is becoming increasingly fragile and unstable. Human beings must take care of the planet with the same dedication they have for their own race.

 

Chandelier

Apocalyptic vision. Will we soon be forced to live underground? Surrounded by threatening monsters ... Nature has the capacity to defend itself, to bite back. We're nothing in comparison to its power.

 

Wave

Made originally from a video of octopuses kites, this image shows a group of cephalopods flying toward the Eiffel towers beacon. Are the octopuses trying to find refuge or are they the invaders ? With climate change animals are destabilized, their behavior changes. Who’s invading who ?

 

The danger is that global warming may become self-sustaining, if it has not done so already. The melting of the Arctic and Antarctic ice caps reduces the fraction of solar energy reflected back into space, and so increases the temperature further. Climate change may kill off the Amazon and other rain forests, and so eliminate once one of the main ways in which carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere. The rise in sea temperature may trigger the release of large quantities of carbon dioxide, trapped as hydrides on the ocean floor. Both these phenomena would increase the greenhouse effect, and so global warming further. We have to reverse global warming urgently, if we still can.

Stephen Hawking. ABC News interview (16 August 2006)