With “American Trucks”, Fréchelin beautifully captures the gleaming metal of exhaust stacks, West Coast mirrors and cab grab handles, along with their reflections of the stunningly azure sky that is just as much a protagonist as the trucks themselves.
He renders the patterns of radiator grilles mesmerising and even manages to imbue sensuality into close-ups of chrome hood ornaments. And on looking at his shot of a smooth, rich black tyre, you can almost smell the rubber.
Shooting in intense heat over a fortnight at truck stops on the Arizona-New Mexico border, Fréchelin emphatically succeeds in capturing the imposing proportions, gleaming chrome and vibrant colours of these automotive behemoths – bold yellows, greens and reds – as well as the dazzling light and vast blue skies of their backdrop – the mythical American West.
Ulysse Fréchelin was born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland in 1981. His first artistic outlet was writing; he only seriously used a camera for the first time when he was 20 years old, with the idea of becoming a photographer materialising almost overnight. Fréchelin spent four years studying photography at the School of Photography in Vevey, Switzerland between 2001 and 2005. He says: “When it came to choosing between university and another path, I chose the other path, and I have never regretted it.” After his studies, he spent five years perfecting the photographer’s trade in Paris, first as an assistant – to the likes of Albert Giordan, Shu Akashi and Tiziano Magni – then as a photographer in his own right. Following several trips to Berlin and New York, a first exhibition of Fréchelin’s work was put on in Geneva, where he moved to in 2011 and has opened his own studio.
Inkjet Pearlphoto RC Paper 255 GSM
90 cm x 120 cm
Limited edition of 8 luxurious prints
Sent unframed in a protective shipping tube
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