We are pleased to present photographer Charles Weber :
Charles Weber began taking photographs at a young age, signing with the Gamma Agency in Paris, while studying art history at the University of Geneva. In addition to a career as a photography teacher, he participated in many projects such as the architectural census of the canton of Geneva and the creation of the Focale gallery in Nyon. He also accepted invitations from a number of institutions, including the Fonds pour la Photographie de Genève (Geneva Photography Fund) and the Enquête photographique valaisanne (Valais Photographic Survey). The recipients of several awards, his works have been exhibited in Switzerland and abroad, including Greece, where he has lived since 2007.
“With my personal projects, I always work in series, focusing on a subject, concept or technique. I feel that each new project requires new means: a fresh start, with a new technique, new camera, new format, new film and above all new influences. It’s my conviction that we never really walk alone. It’s my wish to be reconciled with the world through photography. Often, I feel a kind of tenderness for my subjects, almost like a taste of tears. There’s still a bit of humor and derision at times but I want the viewer to feel this deep-felt amazement in my images.“
The series “Portraits of Trees – The City” by Charles Weber
Trees within cities are like natural giants, turning houses into children’s toys. With their strong personalities and arm-like branches, they appear both humanoid and ethereal. Sumptuously cumbersome, a tree is like a child who talks too loudly and bumps into passers-by without agency over their limbs.
The series “Lightscapes” by Charles Weber
Every place has its own poetry, chance and surprises. My job is to capture them at night, asleep under the moon and wake them up with colour. I adorn them with coloured lights to reveal their character and, using a long exposure, I bring them to a half-light. Here, the places are no longer just recorded, they are physically walked through, invested, interpreted, illuminated. The image is more than a snapshot, it accumulates time, condenses duration, superimposes moments. We reconnect with the true etymological meaning of the word “photography”.
The series “Portraits of Trees – The Seasons” by Charles Weber
The glowing beacons of the theatrical changes of the seasons, trees take on the grandiose air of glamorous film stars in sequinned dresses. With the passing of time, they withdraw as frozen vagabonds, scratching the sky with their naked limbs, and then are suddenly reborn, powdered with freshness in their spring frills. They are our partners in life and invite us to muse on our common attraction to light and air, and the delicate issue of mortality.
To learn more about Charles Weber, you can visit his virtual exhibition and his social media: