Admired for over a decade for his photos of Indochina, the Sahara and China, Swiss photographer Régis Colombo has come out from behind the lens for his new and innovative digital fusion project. Buddhist monk Mathieu Ricard, the Dalai Lama's famous official interpreter, said in praise of his pictures that they are "a tribute to the inner beauty of people and the sparkling light of places. "This new collection is very likely to confirm his high praise.
The artist has in effect reinterpreted his own negatives, gleaned through years of travel, in an exclusive collection titled "Transparencies."
A single layer of successive, static blended images, Colombo's works are at first glance disconcerting, with their highly colorful tones and apparent abstractness. A closer look reveals subtle interactions between elements straight out of a Prévert poem: exotic trees, old cars, indigenous people, telephone cards, escalators, camels, and a gas pump.
Colombo's compositions are like a daydream in which the fragmented memories of the traveller, the thief of always, are mixed in with all the irrationality that makes good memories. They capture the rare essence of places that human activity will soon have reduced to silence.