Dancing Distortion: Bodily Traces In Frederic Fontenoy’s Photography

Frederic Fontenoy, Metamorphosis - blurred, overlapping body on shore

In 1988, French photographer Frédéric Fontenoy composed “Metamorphosis,” a series of self-portraits that abstract the body within wild landscapes. Using the analog process with a panoramic camera, he moved (or, as he describes, “danced”) for 2-3 seconds before the lens, transforming his figure into overlapping traces of itself. By dissolving the human figure into a fluid, pre-human form, Fontenoy’s images unsettle reality and the perceived distinctions between nature and humanity.

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Images © Frédéric Fontenoy
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