The structure and content of this book are influence by the work of the French writer and sociologist Roland Barthes.
In 1977 “Fragments d’un discours amoureux” was published in France as an attempt to apply Barthes’ structural theories and approach to the lover’s discourse.
I have studied Barthes’ books and sociology during my first year in university. Years later I remember this book and decided to base a project on the souvenirs I carried with me from the book.
After living in The Netherlands for 2 years, the lack of diverse landforms made me realize how much my perception has been attached to this notion of height on the horizon, like mountains.
I needed to fix my gaze toward a fixed point, something visible from all locations in the city, a reassuring mark in the landscape on which I could project dreams and directions.
From this romanticized perception of “a mountain”, I started in early 2014 to transfer the emotional needs of landforms onto Amsterdams power generators and its two main towers (The Nuon Electricity Central).
Visible at any time of day and night and from all around town, I explored over the course of a year and through different mediums, all aspects of my relationship with his tower/mountain.
This book presents a series of analog photographs made around the power plants and their towers. The images are presented here in relation to fragments of poems I had written while observing the tower during one night.
This is a fragment of my love discours for the only moutain of Amsterdam.
All images presented inside the book were realized over the course of one night in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
From dusk till dawn, the photographs were shot with a Contax S2 analog camera. The camera was equipped with a Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm and one roll of Kodak T-TMAX 100 ISO film.
The fragments of text or poems present were written in French by Nathan Favot.
The introduction text presented on page 5 is the same you will find in “A lover’s discourse: fragments” Translation copyright ©️ 1978 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Inc. Originally published in French as ‘Fragments d’un discours amoureux’, ©️ Editions du Seuil 1977 All rights reserved Published in Canada by HarperCollinsCan- adaLtd Printed in the United States of America Designed by Charles E. Skaggs First published in the United States in 1978 by Hill and Wang, a division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux Twenty-second print- ing, 2001 Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data Barthes, Roland.
The photographs and texts of this project were never published or exhibited.
A first exhibition called “The Mountain” was realized in gallery DITS in Amsterdam, in 2015 presenting a multi-media installation. The project was then mostly based on videos and sculptures realized by the artist to express his relationship with the towers.
It took me some years to return to the archives I had accumulated during the research realized for the exhibition. Among my images and text, I selected a photographic series and the poems wrote those night to build and assemble this book.
With this book, my love story with the power plant’s towers has found a new form of interpretation that might not be the last one I would write.