I took these photographs in a palace in Rome; on the shore of a secluded lake in the Bavarian Alps; in a painter's atelier; around an abandoned monastery in the Mediterranean Sea; in apartments in Munich and Paris; and backstage of an ancient theatre in a small town in Andalusia. They evoke the European summer with its long evenings and soft-shaded light; they bring to mind the sensual breath of youth. Statues of marble confound with flesh, glances from eyes wide open, gestures of attraction and fraternity take us to a secret garden where nudity is like a dress, and where we will get lost.
Do we hear the distant sound of foreign bells, of waves on a shore? Do we feel the biting freshness of dawn and time? We locate in each photograph people whom we do not see: when Balthus' ancient Roman workroom becomes the backdrop of the narration of my friend Hervé Guibert contemplating Vincent, "le garçon maussade", the great painter's power and command is there, another person in the picture.
These photographs do not speak of the past. Rather, they project us in a land where beauty and complicity reign, where our gestures become symbols of a life more true, and possibly eternally good. Hope! Let us not forget that Whitman, our ancestor, was able to call and awaken such instants of beauty and bliss.
Hans Georg Berger is a writer and photographer. In his work of the 1970s and the 1980s, conviviality and friendship, art, literature and hidden places play a major role. 15 Silver gelatin DOP vintage prints on Barytic paper, printed by Jean-Pierre Leduc, signed and dated verso
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