THERE MUST BE A CERTAIN SOMETHING THAT OCCURS BETWEEN THE ARTIST AND THE SITTER FOR A PORTRAIT TO WORK: A LIGHTNING BOLT OF MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING SO BRIGHT THAT IT ILLUMINATES THE VIEWER.
The “Rayon Vert” optical phenomenon historically is linked to the halo effect that surrounds the sun at both sunrise and sunset, creating a surreal flash of green light in the sky, providing all those who witness it with a moment of absolutely clarity.
Jules Verne in his novel of the same name uses the event as a metaphorical tool in which the protagonist Delphine searches for a rare meteorological phenomenon which doubles as a search for interpersonal connection.
Following in this fine tradition, it is this status of connection that is also extraordinarily employed in the images photographer Senta Simond creates.
Over the course of her MA in Photography/Art Direction at ÉCAL in Switzerland, Simond photographed women she knew, building a relationship so powerful that it is almost tangible.
The peculiar flash of intimacy and emotion that illuminates her images – be it joy, or curiosity, or reflection – is the theme that underpins her portraits: something she has to catch before the person changes, finding photography as the best way for her to capture the emotion she’s looking for.
The resulting works read like a paean to womanhood and the ineffable power of portraiture, and come together to form “Rayon Vert”, an artist book published by Kominek Bücher.