La Greca Magazine
"Words are my strength", I could say as a writer who welcomes compliments gladly and cannot fight the desire to unconditionally accept them as fact. However, in certain moments silence can be far more compelling and grand, as it enhances images to a degree that evokes the most powerful emotions.
Exceptionally talented and perceptive Antwerp-based Fine Art photographer Marc Lagrange comprehends and encourages the lack of sounds in the reception of his work. When I look at his captured images, I follow his suggestion in the title of his Fall 2015 exhibitions in Paris and Knokke: "Senza Parole" works, even for me... I am forced into a deep self-reflection by listening only to the subconscious murmur of my mind. It is an instinctive string that the elements of his syntheses touch at first, which is then translated into a surge of emotions, ideas, and inevitably words that flood my mind and just have to go down on paper - well, literally, on my iPad notebook application - and flow out into the world.
And despite the fact that, no, I am not using a pencil or a plumes pen to transcribe my thoughts, the cutting-edge technological means I have at my disposal do not change the essence of my message. In my personally favorite pieces, Lagrange has used statues and relics of an older era, from which we have gained so much wisdom and which is still the cradle of Western civilization. From my point of view - drawn from the fluidity and subjectivity of art - the photographer has mixed images of Ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, Renaissance paintings and items from pasts of European cultures with real elegant women of divine proportions. It is hard to escape those penetrating eyes fixed on the camera lens with great straightforwardness and disarming purity, or the harmonized, curved female bodies which resemble Muses revived in the modern world. Marc Lagrange has created an amalgam of classical and contemporary beauty and spirit, perhaps to remind us that this inspirational and creative capacity continues to live in us.
Irrespective of the media we employ to express this realization, it is clear that the most important themes in life - love, beauty, harmony, and art including photography - have always been female for the Greeks... and, naturally, for Marc Lagrange.
Author: Marianna Lagakou - Van Zandweghe