Established in Switzerland for more than ten years, Arnaud Ele studied filmmaking at the Geneva Film School. Following a trip back to Cameroon in 2015, his original home, where he spent the first five years of his life, he starts to explore the notions of territory, identities, within its codes and associated representations.
Arnaud Ele became known not only for his fashion photography, but also for his documentary series in Switzerland and Cameroon, as well as his many video collaborations with artists, singers and dancers from the art scene in Switzerland.
Wherever he goes, he focuses on the notion of intimacy. Wondering about the ways of inhabiting the territories and their uses, as well as the way in which nature and human occupation intertwine, he has always endeavored to push back the limits of the documentary. He reveals, under the innocuous appearance of its scenes, hidden stories. He defends the view of the human eye as a method of recording and intimacy as a mode of description. His photographic work is the continuity of his training as a filmmaker: the intuitive scenario of the image, the exploration of new narrative forms representing the moment with veracity.
“Every shoot is an encounter, an action on a specific moment, a scene. I aim to disrupt the poses of the person in front of me, from the natural to the unreal. I push the model to its boundaries to create a move or a series of movement to capture. It is like a geography of the body; let the body create its inner sculpture.”
(June 2018) Interview
«La terre a une autre couleur qu’en Europe, que je qualifierais de rouge sang. Au Cameroun, nous avons le désert, la ville, la forêt... des paysages et des scenarii visuels infinis. [...] J’ai désormais compris que chaque histoire que je tourne est basée sur une rencontre personnelle. Pour moi, la personne est plus importante que la photo elle-même et si la rencontre est un succès, les images l’exprimeront. C’est comme ça que vous obtenez les meilleurs clichés.»
Cheese by Konbini
(August 2018) Interview-reportage by Lisa Miquet
«Sculpturales, presque architecturales,
les créations sont sublimées par le regard intuitif du photographe helvetico- camerounais Arnaud Ele, qui affûte son œil entre l’Europe et l’Afrique depuis 2015 en s’interrogeant sur les notions d’identité, ses codes et ses représentations. Aussi actuelle qu’intemporelle, cette série de photos dépeint la mode suisse en ce qu’elle a de meilleur : son audace, son élégance et sa modernité.»
(August 2018) Interview-fashion-edito by Régine Bucher
Konbini / Fubiz
/ Ignant / Booooooom / Nakid Magazine(Print)
C-heads Magazine / iMute / Somewhere
Cultura Inquiet / Steadfast Magazine / B-authentique
Self-control / Sticks and Stones / Electruc.de
Nene Magazine / Kluid Magazine / Duelmagazine
leBillet.ch / Le nouvelliste / The Photo Academy / The Kunst magazine
Latest Magazine #9 / Label Magazine #32 / Resuer Magazine #05
Off the Road, Gestalte / Alpine moderne / Idle Magazine
Zeit Campus / Les Étoiles du Valais /Traffic Magazine #65
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