Indulged with a keen curiosity about human beings, Yves Drillet followed his adolescent aspirations to become a photographer. During his studies he developed a deep passion for portrait photography, balancing between documentary and staged, artistic photography. Looking through his portfolio, tenderly attentive and unpretentious, visual intimate portraits made with a deeply humanist policy strike the eye. Many series unfold such as ‘Les dormeurs’, displaying people who seem to sleep off their debauch, and ‘Next of Kin’, mainly showcasing siblings, couples and parents with their children. Black and white pictures flank full colour photographs. A wide variety of people come to pose: especially youngsters in their teens or twenties. Acquaintances, but also strangers.
Observing carefully, Yves Drillet takes his time to create a special relationship with the people he portrays. He knows how to play a delicate balancing act in order to connect with them and make sure they open up. Using a considerate approach, his portraits do justice to the personal dignity and integrity. Reminiscent of the formal classicism renaissance portrait paintings, Drillet’s images take structural overtones of orderliness.
In the work of Drillet, images of individuals go side by side with group portraits. When we look at his group pictures, most of the time we don’t know if we face siblings, friends, a couple or colleagues, but there is always a multi-layered unity. Drillet tries to show their relationship and their common experiences. He captures expressions and postures that convey a touching mixture of toughness, innocence, vulnerability, but most of all a silent, introvert aura. A calm, sometimes peculiar gaze, a refined, hand-to-face gesture, a subtle touch: they all speak a honest, humble emotion, a narrative that evokes a special mood and feel that is up to the viewer to trace.
Photographe artiste né à Bordeaux quelques mois après la chute du mur de Berlin. Je vis actuellement à Rennes, formé à la
Villa Arson (Nice) et au Studio Rouchon (Paris). Je me concentre sur la photographie de portraits que je montre par des tirages lors d'expositions et dans des projets éditoriaux de livres ou de revues.
Half French - Half Canadian photographer and artist born on the beginning of the nineties. Living in Rennes, like Paris but better, trained at Villa Arson on the French Riviera and at the Studio Rouchon in Paris. Working on portrait photography with an equal interest in print and editorial material.
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