Antoine Séguin grew up in a typical french suburban landscape of the 1980s – individual housing lots on the edge of a small semi-rural village. The agricultural surroundings were the backdrop to his childhood, between the concrete grain silos and the cooling tower of the nearby nuclear power plant, standing up proudly in the countryside like cathedrals. Now working in Paris as an architect, he likes to explore various mediums: architecture, construction, photography, drawings and painting. With his photography he observes and documents the relationship between man, nature and buildings.
“The use of light in our cities has changed radically since the last century. From a purely utilitarian use, ensuring security and vision; today, it plays an entirely different role, including dramatically depicting monuments, going as far as “over-valuing” them, as described by Luc Gwiazdzinski, a geographer who sees the night as a space-time resource for the reinvention of contemporary cities.
Following my night walks in São Paulo, the series RGB Nights in São Paulo takes the visitor into the luminous heterogeneity of the megalopolis, focusing particularly on the coloured lights in Red Green Blue (RGB, the three primary colours serving as a basis for generating up to 16 others).
Extending the day into the night, these coloured lights illuminate places, monuments, objects or people in a supernatural way, and, at the same time, visually neutralize the surroundings through overexposure and striking contrast.
Thus, at nightfall, the lighting of a simple palm tree (in green, of course) gives it as much symbolic value as a sculpture representing the Bandeirantes (‘followers of a flag’ – the 17th Century pioneers who set out to explore the inner territories of Brazil), thus upsetting the daytime perception of the city.”
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