Passions can be discovered at any age. Following a career spent entirely working in the automobile industry, Pierre Gély-Fort turned to photography in his sixties, following a health problem. Now retired from his previous life, he is a young photographer.
Met on the occasion of a portfolio assessment at Polka in 2017, I was immediately seduced by his way of capturing real-life moments suffused with a timeless air, rather like an enchanted merry-go-round where nothing is quite right.
Troubling snapshots and intriguing figures seem to have come directly from some Eastern European fiction. An untidy kitchen with rows of knifes and machetes hanging by magnets from the pastel blue wall; two smiling women in a sun-filled café flaunting two syringes; a close-up of a stray dog with odd-coloured eyes…
A certain air of Surrealism pervades Pierre’s photographs, taken over the course of various journeys to Siberia, Crimea, Georgia and Bulgaria. None of these photographs are accompanied by captions. Like a fairy tale, Pierre’s work represents a journey outside time, where everyone can relate their own story.
Director of Photography of Polka Magazine