Inland Photographs and Disordered Landscapes by Isabelle Menin

Looking at Isabelle Menin’s current work, it isn’t surprising that she worked with paints for a decade before moving into digital photography. Her works integrate multiple images in a visual cornucopia of hyper-natural beauty that avoids the obvious while still being engaging and accessible. There are sharp sparks, soft billows and subtle hints like an e-fit of a half-forgotten dream.

I call my work “inland photographs and disordered landscapes” in reference to nature’s strange complexity that looks to me like humanity’s strange complexity. The uncontrolled forces, the shapes’ complexity, the interweaving and the synergy of the elements, they all look to me like a mirror of the human spirit. We are not straight lines, we are like nature, a very large network of interferences that work together to produce something which sometimes looks accomplished and then gets destroyed in a perpetual coming and going between order and disorder.

Also, nature is the place where I can get rid of human figures, human noise, human arrogance. Nature looks like it doesn’t give a shit about us and that is very relaxing!

Life. Death. The constant mystery of being on earth. Perplexity.

My driving force is not in the critical distance. I’m interested in expressing basic human emotions even if there is a fight between what I want to do/say and what the “image” wants to do/say. It’s all about life, love, death and personal progression. An inner conversation with the world of emotions and impressions by walking the path of life. My images stand at the intersection of my different perceptions of life and express the abundance of possible answers. Everything is reflection, a mirror; everything responds to everything. That’s why I keep on adding layers upon layers upon layers. I try to finally produce something as swaying, blurred and uncertain as our strange lives.

It’s not about escaping from life, It’s about digging deeper into it.

All photos by Isabelle Menin