Exploring abandoned places evokes for us a feeling of nostalgia, of melancholy. The mysterious and fascinating atmosphere that emerges from it leads to reflection and reverie. Strolling between walls covered with vegetation, discovering time capsules frozen in time or even observing the architectural curiosities of a ruin, all these moments often lead us to wonder how life could have been before, and what tragic events could have led the abandonment of these buildings now forgotten by all.
A lot of times we find legends about some of these places, daring mixes of rumor and their true story, which is sometimes hard to find. Many times, locals imagine all kinds of ghost stories when a place is left abandoned for too long in a village. The local children play to scare each other, and the bravest among them, who dare to enter, will think they’ve seen a ghost behind the door, the sound of creaking beams translated like a message from beyond the grave, intended to remind a curse or another obscure omen.
When the rumor spreads, people from all over the country will come to try to figure out what is going on there, in the style of modern day ghostbusters.
Thus, many people ask us what are our experiences in such places, or our opinion about the stories that are told about them. Until now, we have never been confronted with real paranormal phenomena, perhaps by simple skepticism or a combination of circumstance. We will answer that the real ghosts are those who are in our head, hidden in the meanders of our imagination. . And in this case, the ones behind our lens, when we stage our iconic character, dressed in his crumpled white sheet. Each in turn, we find ourselves in disguise, or behind the camera, and let our imagination run free in order to place our character in line with the place we are exploring.
The idea was originally very simple, we had fun taking pictures under a simple sheet, in anticipation of a costume for Halloween, in the tall grass of an old abandoned military estate. But at the time, we were only focusing on the character, and didn’t put much emphasis on the place. Finally, over time, as we explored more and more places together, the folded sheet in our bag accompanied us more and more often, until it became an indispensable companion on our adventures.
This is not always obvious, because such a large sheet is not easy to showcase in places with little light, or without the necessary distance in narrow rooms. And very often, we prefer to photograph the place in its entirety and end the exploration with our little ghostly staging if the weather and conditions allow it. Oddly enough, Ludivine often prefers to highlight the character inside the more obscure and evocative places, seeking the reflections of broken mirrors or the color of a tapestry peeling off the wall. Jim feels more comfortable outdoors, always looking for more vegetation or colors.
We therefore let you appreciate all these little scenes, hoping that they can evoke something to you, or at least help you to feel the so special atmosphere of these places.
Do not hesitate to leave us in comments your opinions, or any other questions or suggestions! If you want to collaborate with us on an exploration, or simply for an idea of staging, you can also contact us in the dedicated section of our site!