Romain Thiery is a French professional photographer and pianist specialising in capturing portraits of forgotten pianos in abandoned buildings across Europe. Through his work, Romain is fortunate to be able to blend the two artistic worlds closest to his heart: photography and pianos. The locations that he looks for have to fulfill certain criteria that his artistic process requires – his subject, the forgotten piano, must be surrounded by atmosphere, space, light and texture in order to satisfy his desire to sit at the crossroads of his two artistic worlds.
“As a pianist myself, emotion takes over when I discover an abandoned piano. This is the aim of my art: my two passions are then united in one and the same feeling.”
The ‘Requiem Pour Pianos’ series now includes over sixty photographs all focused on a central object: the piano – sometimes with some of its keys missing, sometimes completely dismantled – but always sitting imposingly.
In the course of the series, Romain has explored many European countries including France, Italy, Belgium, Ukraine, Germany, Bulgaria, Romania, Spain and Poland. Through his images, the musical notes of these abandoned pianos once again resonate through these buildings left in ruins.
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