Jean-Bernard Métais puts photography in his wine

Jean-Bernard Métais puts photography in his wine

The icing on the picturecase

The winemaker and artist takes an original look at the production of his wine and photographs, from above, the bottom of the vats once the liquid has been drawn off. The rendering offers disturbing images of a material in mutation.

In the hills of Touraine, the sculptor Jean-Bernard Métais is also a winegrower. This profession that his family has been practicing for several centuries led him to become a photographer. Every year, every season, for forty-five years, he has looked into his vats and always photographs according to the same principle: from above, a circle in a square. And what does he see? A living matter, a changing world. It sometimes looks like a crater, a planet, an iris or the sea.

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