Peripheral Visions by Bruno palisson
April 25th, 2023
The Paris ring road is 50 years old ! From reality to fiction, the series “Peripheral Visions” by the photographer Bruno Palisson follows on from “Landscapes of Highways”; from rural to urban, from light to dark beauty.
The ring road over the city, a ring of all the tensions, overlooked, filled with all the pollution that we create… However, this giant roundabout unfolds a fascinating, constantly moving, cinematic urban scene right in front of our eyes.
From my short story Délit de Fuite which includes three series ” Peripheral Visions “, ” Landscapes of Highways “, ” A Night in the City “:
(…) he took the not-quite-deserted ring road so fast that the flashing lights could not reach him. His visions haunted him, he couldn’t get rid of them. The words were pounding in his head, he had broken all the rules.
He rushed to the highway, a strange place that blocks all external relations as soon as one enters it, an offensive and antisocial place that promotes individualism and, paradoxically, the last place for this new world’s landscape of freedom.
Today, despite the implantation of fake memories, he crosses this gigantic space with a feeling of great freedom, belonging to no one and depending on no one. The Crossing is a road movie of great landscapes, of passages that scroll, jostle, clump, and overlap in an endless sequence in which he plays the leading part.
During the journey, unexpected flashes of light appear, mirages that split the vision to the point of blinding. These fragmented sceneries challenge the traveler in a solar battle.
It is this space of transition between two worlds that speeds him up. He is temporarily disconnected from any history, and yet time is concrete, palpable, as long illusory landscapes stretch out around him, redesigned by the overlapping of time and motion snapshots and constantly brought back into perspective to create new landscapes (…)
Translation of the following article by Art Trope Gallery’s team: