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Huguette RoeABOUT

I am originally from Belgium although my family moved to the South of France when I was twelve. I spent a long time in the US and I came back to France, in Montpellier.

My educational background is in graphic design, I have worked in the field as a freelance in the Washington DC metro area: www.hroedesign.com. For many years I have carried my camera everywhere, taking pictures was like a mission for me. I am a self-taught photographer and in 2006 I decided to commercialize it and added a branch to my graphic design activity.

I am sensitive to graphic composition, repetition, color and pattern. In the Recycle Series I photograph bales of compressed material (a difficult task to accomplish due to the very strict security). Besides being very sensitive to the environmental issue, I am attracted to the intricate composition, color and aesthetic of compressed matter. These compressions offer an unusual view of our everyday objects, which is just tormented and concentrated mass going for a new facelift. They basically look like abstract paintings. You see trash, I see art!

In the Urban Exploration — other than the excitement of penetrating these abandoned buildings — the industry and machinery fascinate me. Exploring these abandoned sites offers a mysterious trace of the past where we let our imagination runs on what used to be. Dark ambiance, rusty machines, derelict structures and deserted manufactures offer a spectacle of beautiful industrial decay. The metal can’t resist the wind coming from everywhere and its squeaking resembles to a long farewell song. They have a soul and an imprint of their decline will keep some of their history in memory…