Behind the lens: Elias Amari
Photographer Paris – Geneva
|Elias Amari - photographer Paris-Geneva|
When I shoot a watch, I devote myself to respecting the work accomplished upstream in giving life to this object. The English term for this kind of photography “still-life” is entirely suited to my approach to an object such as a watch. I try to infuse it with something of this life, to embody it, to look for its “personality” just as I would do for the portrait of a person.
What is your relationship with time?
I like the idea that a minute spent doing something pleasant is not the same as one spent doing something we don’t like. I am fascinated by time in the sense of something abstract, immaterial and inevitable.
What does light mean to you as photography?
I love the mythologies associate with light, from Plato’s myth of the cavern to the first day of creation in Genesis. In somewhat pretentious terms, it gives me the impression of dealing with something that is almost sacred. The etymology of the word “photography” actually contains an answer to this question, since it literally means “writing with light”. It is my raw material, just as the pigment is for the painter or the stone for a sculptor.