Anne-Sophie Auclerc

Il est déconseillé [...]

Why try to cross a lake during a thunderstorm? Is this “desire to fall”, the very one Milan Kundera discusses when he talks about vertigo*?

“Il est déconseillé de se baigner dans un lac lors d'un orage” is about the tension that drives us to flirt with death in order to feel incarnate. In order to perceive the traces of this energy on the body, I went to photograph people who had bungee jumped from a hundred and eighty metres. Their expressions testify to a certain intoxication, abandonment and ecstasy linked to the dangerous approach of a contact zone that fascinates and bewitches us.

* "Vertigo is something other than the fear of falling. It is the voice of emptiness below us which tempts and lures us, it is the desire to fall, against which, terrified, we defend ourselves." — Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being