Neither artist nor photographer, Pierre Beteille is better defined as a “photographiste” or “image maker”. He devotes himself to his two passions: photography and retouching.
His series of self-portraits met with great international success on the web. A mix of denunciation, humor and self-mockery. He takes pride in never having read a book, watched a tutorial or taken a class on photo manipulation. His digital creations are highly original, each image functioning as both a punchline and an act of rebellion.
Beteille is an artist, quite an unusual one, who manipulates photos and arrives at some extraordinary images.
“For me, the humor is absolutely necessary to bear the world in which we live and to bear oneself. Humor is perhaps what is most lacking in the field of art where people are often desperately serious.”
We noted that Beteille doesn’t actually smil at photos. He says that is probably because he doesn’t have a very optimistic vision of the world, and perhaps also because the smile is a difficult thing to simulate when shooting alone 50 or 60 shots for a photo. Many people finds his work funny but a little too “dark.”
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About his works, the artist says: I deal with subjects that are important to me (like speculation, pollution, etc.), but I try to offer a vision that is not too personal. I try to be more distanced, more allusive, to allow more room for individual interpretation.
“I do not think about my pictures in terms of photo montages. I first get an idea, then I try to visualize it. When the image is clear in my head, I search the best way to achieve it. If I have to make a photomontage, I do. But if I can avoid it, I prefer not to.”
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