Slowdown is a reflection on time and thoughts about perception of time. A collection of images about slowing down, contemplation, and the (political) desire to remind us how fast we live.
The series puts together pictures of vegetation (classic latin “vegetus” = “lively”,”fertile” or “vegetatio” = “excitation, movement”) and images of constrained, stranded, prostrated livings, stopped in their deep thoughts, in their anxiety, daydreaming with a “thousand yards stare”. The slow life of nature here reminds us, with this slowness, in its time scale, how much our own speed is vanity.
Alex Cretey Systermans is a fine art and editorial photographer currently living and working in Paris. Graduated from Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Rennes with a DNAP (BFA) and The Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Arts- Villa Arson, Nice with a DNSEP in Arts, is also member of Strange.rs International photographer collective and Hans Lucas Creative Studio.
Text and images © Alex Cretey Systermans