Sobre François Gillet

(The English translation is posted at the end)

Francois Gillet es francés de nacimiento (1949), aunque ha estudiado Arte en Bournemouth y vivido y trabajado en Suecia mucho tiempo.

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La primera vez que tuve conocimiento de su trabajo fue a través del nº 1 de la revista Zoom española. Allí se hablaba y mostraban fotos de uno de sus libros de 1981, era el primero de ellos y se titulaba “El álbum de Francois Gillet”; las fotos estaban disparadas en placa de 20×25 y presentaban una calidad extraordinaria que me embrujó desde la primera visión. En aquel tiempo resultaba muy difícil poder acceder a más imágenes que las publicadas en medios especializados, y me resultó imposible conseguir incluso uno de aquellos libros que se agotaron rápidamente y que, al menos que yo sepa, no se re-editaron.

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Pero quisieron las circunstancias que pocos años más tarde coincidiéramos dando unas conferencias en Palma de Mallorca, invitados por un conocido laboratorio, donde también nos acompañaba Ed White. El encuentro fue realmente interesante, pudimos ver muchos nuevos trabajos de Francois -alguno de ellos hoy traídos a la memoria con este artículo-, tuvimos la oportunidad de hablar entre bastidores tras algún almuerzo y hacer fotos de las nubes con una linterna a altas horas de la noche con Ed White a quien he perdido la pista, pero de quien recuerdo sus extraordinarias fotos para una marca de tabaco ya entonces trabajadas digitalmente. Estoy hablando de 1985 poco más o menos.

Entre otras cosas recuerdo que Francois estaba a punto de cambiar todas sus ópticas 20×25 de Schneider por las de otra marca (Nikon creo), para ganar un diafragma más cerrado en toda la gama. Trabajaba iluminando con un Cumulite de Broncolor y pequeños reflectores metálicos que le proporcionaban el ambiente tan irrepetible de todo su trabajo. Todo su entorno era tan artesano que lo más fuera de lugar parecía la cámara de placas, una Sinar P2 y la iluminación. Si la cámara fuera de madera y la iluminación con velas todo parecería estar en su sitio.

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Vivía entonces en Malmö, en el sur de Suecia, en medio de un lago que se helaba en invierno y obligaba a usar barco en verano para acceder a su casa. Cuando le hice ver la dificultad para que los clientes llegasen hasta allí, me hizo comprender que el que llegaba era porque realmente quería su trabajo y no hubo más discusión.

Entre las nuevas cosas que nos mostró había imágenes sorprendentemente cubistas, pintadas sobre la misma realidad a capturar, bodegones inexplicables, pequeños escenarios teatrales tan exquisitos que sólo se comprenden si se ven. Y un ojo para el perfume de Paloma Picasso que me dejó sentado. Lo tengo dedicado a buen recaudo.

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\r\nFrancois era de la zona de Calvados, lo que aún hoy tiene sin resolver la cuestión de donde se hace el mejor brandi de manzana, si en Asturias, mi tierra, o en la suya. Incluso hace unos tres años que en un nuevo contacto la cosa seguía levantando ampollas. Andaba entonces Francois por Marruecos, creo recordar, haciendo fotografías de paredes rocosas en una zona cuyo nombre no recuerdo, pero quiso la casualidad que entonces también yo estuviera por los países del este enfrentándome a paredes buscando… lo mismo que él: figuras y rostros para mi realidad simultánea; si bien el tratamiento era completamente diferente. De aquella última conversación saqué una dirección en internet en la que pude acceder a algunas de sus nuevas imágenes, tan impresionantes como las primeras que recuerdo. Aquí se puede ver algo de su obra: http://www.artipolis.com/francoisgillet/\r\n\r\ny en su web: francoisgillet.com\r\n

Y mencionaré un corto video sin desperdicio que he visto en You tube:

\r\nhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkumqJKT15U&feature=player_detailpage\r\n

Para quien no conozca su obra, poder admirar su trabajo es una puerta abierta a emociones altamente estimulantes. Su obra es un regalo inestimable.

29_8527763953e426533407.56356a5a273aee96a5526533407.56356c8f5246623b516aPara evitar dudas ya advierto que no es Photoshop. Todo está hecho en la escena y sobre el mismo objeto o modelo. Un trabajo que requiere tiempo, conocimiento, paciencia y buen gusto, mucho gusto.

Estas imágenes están sacadas de su web.

English translation

Francois Gillet was born in France in 1949 but he studied art in Bournemouth and has lived and worked for a long time in Sweden.

The first time I heard about his work was through the first edition of the Spanish magazine “Zoom”. Here they spoke about and printed photos from one of his books from 1981, this was one of his first works and was named “The album of Francois Gillet”; the photographs were shot on 20×25 slates and were of an extraordinary quality that bewitched me from the first sight. In those times it was very difficult to get hold of more images other than those published in specialized publications and it was nearly impossible for me to purchase one of his books which sold out almost immediately and, as far as I know, were not re-edited.

Due to circumstances, a few years later we would coincide during some conferences in Palma de Mallorca, invited by a famous laboratory, where we were also accompanied by Ed White. The Meeting was really interesting; we got to see many new pieces from the Francois collection, some of these brought back to the memory in this publication. We got the opportunity to speak privately after some lunch breaks and to take photos of clouds with a flashlight late at night with Ed White whom I have now lost trace but who I remember well thanks to some extraordinary photos taken for a brand of tobacco which were even then worked digitally. I’m speaking about 1985 more or less.

Among other things, I remember how Francois was about to change all his Schneider lenses 20×25 to another brand (Nikon, I think), all this to gain an extra closed diaphragm in the whole range. He worked with Broncolor Cumulite lighting and small metallic reflectors which gave him that ambience so unique to his collection. His whole environment was so old-fashioned that the most unusual object was actually his mechanical camera, a Sinar P2 and the lighting. If the camera was made of wood and all lighted by candles, everything would look in its place.

He then lived in Malmö, in the south of Sweden, in the middle of a lake that froze over in winter and had to use a boat in summer to reach his house. When I made him see the difficulty that his clients had to reach him, he made me understand that, who got to him, got there because they were really interested in his work and that’s where our discussion ended.

Among the new work he showed us, there were surprisingly some cubist images, painted upon same reality to be captured, unexplainable taverns, small theatre scenes so exquisite that you can only understand them if you see them. And an eye for the perfume of Paloma Picasso which left me seated. I have it dedicated and kept safely.

Francois was from the Calvados area, which to this day he still does not know where the best apple brandy is made, either in Asturias, my homeland, or in his. Even three years ago, the same thing kept lifting blisters. Francois was at that time in Morocco, as I remember, taking photos of rocky walls in an area whose name I can’t remember, but a fate has it, I was to in the eastern countries at that time, up against walls looking for…..the same as him: figures and faces for my simultaneous reality; of course, the treatment was completely different. From that last conversation, I retrieved an internet address where I could access some of his new images, just as impressive as the first that I can recall. Here you can see some of his work: http://www.artipolis.com/francoisgillet/

And his website: francoisgillet.com

And I will mention a short video which I have seen on Youtube:

For those who don’t know his work, they can admire his collection on an open day with highly stimulating emotions. His work is a priceless gift. To avoid doubt, I warn you that it is not Photoshop. Everything was made on the original scene with the exact model or object. A collection that needs time, knowledge, patience and good taste, very good taste.

These images are taken from his web.

3 comentarios en “Sobre François Gillet”

    1. Hi Valentin! I only discover your messages now! It is definitely more direct with fb.. Yes, I would love meeting you again. We are now based in the south of Sweden, but we spend the winter in southern Morocco.. As I told you, I am very pleased with your article about my work. I just found out that the link does not function any longer. I had to transfer my site to Adobe portfolios instead of Behance who stopped prosite. But it would be best to change the link to francoisgillet.com if you have a chance… v.best, Francois

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