Sylvain is a French artist who comes from the world of the circus and entertainment. After more than 20 years performing across the world in a number of street theater festivals, Sylvain now creates his magic with a camera, specializing in portraits and constructed realities. I am featuring a series of his daughter, Douce Amère, that is simply charming in it’s exploration of portraiture, humor, and appreciation for childish things. DOUCE AMÈRE
I come from the entertainment world. I have been an entertainer for 20 years. I would say I’m an eccentric more than a clown.
This artificial world has been mine for all that time.
When I photograph my daughter, I photograph myself.
Her direct look has shaken my adult certainties. What I see in her eyes challenges me, as a grown child, as a father…
She seems to be asking me : "What have you become?"
When I portray my daughter there is a seriousness at odds
with her young age.
I try to evoke the adult's desperate quest for the mythical image of his own childhood; the source of all our emotions.