Thomas Dhellemmes, Légumineux, solanum lycopersicum - tomato, 2009 ©Thomas Dhellemmes
Thomas Dhellemmes, Légumineux, daucus carota - different carrots, 2009 ©Thomas Dhellemmes
Thomas Dhellemmes, Légumineux, cucurbita mochata duchesne - squash, 2009 ©Thomas Dhellemmes
Thomas Dhellemmes has been passionate about photography since his childhood.
After studying visual arts, he went to live in the Cape Verde Islands. When he moved back to Paris, he decided to dedicate himself entirely to photography. He developed personal artistic projects while earning a living by doing photography commissions (lifestyle, gastronomy, luxury...) with Atelier Mai 98, the creative photographic studio he founded.
Thomas Dhellemmes looks at the world with his Polaroid camera. His Légumineux series, begun in September 2009, focuses on the rare and forgotten vegetables growing in the Potager du Roi* (King’s Vegetable garden), the Chateau de Versailles’ historical garden.
Thanks to their cultivation - a far cry from industrial standards - these forgotten vegetables with their imperfect shapes, rough look and unique character; bear witness to the richness and diversity of living things. They are gardiens of an original nature that contrasts with today’s system of intensive cultivation that often results in uniform, tasteless vegetables.
Because of their uniqueness and fragility, they provide us with a wise, important message.
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