Have you ever had the curious impression of being at the other end of the world while standing in your own geographical backyard? Of having discovered a remote territory that had escaped you until now?
Photography is an astonishing tool. It is a time and space machine. A tool that can bring complete strangers closer, transform the specific and ephemeral into the universal and enduring, and open up a whole new world of possibilities.
Nicolas Blandin’s new series Bout du Monde (“End of the World”) examines the ever-thinning border between familiar and exotic, near and far, reality and fiction by exploring the distant territories tucked into one’s own geographic backyard.
Nicolas Blandin (b. 1982) is a self-taught photographer based in Annecy, France. His practice explores our relationship with the landscape and examines photography’s narrative power, emotional charge and ambiguity.
Text and images © Nicolas Blandin