Il fera longtemps clair ce soir
First edition of 300 copies
17,5 X 24 cm
Soft cover with flaps
That girl has a special texture. Not Anna de Noailles, whose poem* inspired this eponymous title, but Elise Toïdé, a photographer with umlaut. This texture is her 35mm film camera’s, with which she has been trying to “devour” the Jean Moulin-Les Guilands park. She wanders, with one or two film rolls in her bag to charge the camera. This Canon 500 was her first camera. She likes the fact that it is not precious. The sound of the vivid day fans out and vanishes, Elise captures fragments of it, intensifies a familiar place, estranging it from a daily routine.
In this place where the beats of the city can be heard in the distance, she seeks an incomplete representation that leaves room for the imagination to wander. She wants this place to be hers... yet elusive.
“The images must be traces, like ghosts. At first, I just see empty meaningless shapes, then they progressively become lively. They begin to make sense, to belong to me as I return. As time passes, these shapes mingle, are transformed and distorted. By coming back regularly, I set up a repetition, I create a never-ending story, a perpetual renewal, pretty close to the renewal of a daily routine. My search, my itinerary are different from one day to another, they are part of the process. The part they play is as important as the images themselves. I like to wander around, let things come, and see what happens.”
The horizon has changed since she began this series in 2013. The white facades of the towers located below the “Quartier de la Noue” have been renovated and now look ochre, behind this road so simple and so frequently followed. Elise pours herself into progressively getting to know a territory, capturing its ephemeral emotions, as she would for a portrait. This confers her front shootings a poetic naturalism. Two words that were used by François Mauriac to describe Anna de Noailles’ lines, “those admirable yells of a Pythia on a tripod”. In 1901, Anna de Noailles used to enjoy the shadows and watch for the carps in the Parc Monceau. Monceau, Montreuil, a century and a decade. A movement from the east to the west within Paris, which brings together two women who capture the familiar landscapes that dazzle them. And yet something in life has changed.
* In the collection Le Cœur innombrable (The Innumerable Heart). The lines of the poem Il fera longtemps clair ce soir/ “Tonight will be clear for a long time” are in italic.
" Her images immortalize small details which otherwise would have been unnoticed, like in paintings. Indeed, Elise's passion for drawing with charcoals gave birth to the contrasts and grains of her photography, while the graphic shapes are rooted in her studies of architecture.
As an artist, she is completely plunged into reality, she is not interested in building a parallel imaginary world through her pictures, yet a part of her is floating, as it was not belonging to this universe and right for this reason it owns the possibility of portraying it. This attraction for emptiness, which conceptually reminds of Edward Hopper's art, may be liked to her childhood spent in the open landscapes of South of France." - Cecilia Muscemi, Le Paradox