Pierre Poulain, philosopher and photographer. Director and founder of the School of Philosophy “New Acropolis” in Israel. Exhibited in Israel, Europe and around the world.
Now presents a new exhibition, a work of 14 photos, documenting the captured moments around the world through the lens of his camera.
PHI-PHO – a nickname he received from one of his mentors, means philosopher and photographer. It is a title that describes with humor and accuracy the symbiosis between the love of wisdom and photography in Pierre’s life. For him, photography became a tool to observe and reveal the reality. As a philosopher Pierre gives great value to the art of observation. In our world where the essence of the existence is manifested as a physical manifestation, as it was teach by Plato, the truths of existence are expressed in forms and in the relationships between these forms. In other words, the more we perceive the characteristics of the different forms in the temporal and sensible plan of reality, the closer we get to the fundamental truth of nature, and the nearer we come to the various expressions of the spiritual character of our material sphere.
Following his previous exhibition, Geometry of Light, Pierre Poulain continues to explore the relationship between the various elements that maintain space in time and create reality.
Intervalum, the name of the exhibition – in Latin: space/distance between two events in space or time. This unit of reference is expressed at various levels of reality. It helps man understand better what is nature and what are its laws. The interval is present in mathematics, medicine, geometry and music – as the silence between the notes, as the space between the forms, or in other words as the rhythm of life.
In his current exhibition, Pierre Poulain presents a series of photographs, in which life’s rhythm of inhale-exhale draws the viewer’s attention to daily moments of life, where something is present but not completely revealed.
What is it in this moment, “The decisive moment” as described by Henri Cartier-Bresson – the great French photographer, which asks us, the viewers, to stop, be silent and observe?
Identification of the essence occurs when observation is present. From the silence created, from the frozen moment created by the act of photography, the essence is revealed – the heartbeat of life. A couple, which synchronizes steps to the sound of music in the neighborhood of the Ronda in Quito, Ecuador; A bunch of Indian rickshaw drivers in Mumbai, on a break, each one busy with his own affairs; a child, on a bridge, alone, over the constant traffic of thousands of vehicles in the central road of the same city of Quito – these moments are both personal and universal.
These photographies expose a philosophical evidence of the apparent reality. By using geometric forms in which the spiritual principle is manifested and visible, they open a gate through which the eternal and invisible reality is revealed. Through this gate each one of us can hear the sounds of divine music and approach the mystery of life, which is to grasp the invisible into the visible.
Rita London, Curator of the exhibition / “Bemaut” gallery, Tel-Aviv – January 2013