It is among men that Alain Carayol observes the world and human beings. By looking at them, he seeks to bring to us a vision of the planet between testimony of lived situations and vision distanced or amused.
In his early days, Alain Carayol went to India several times by road in the 80s. Promising him adventure and photographic practice, this country will not stop attracting him. It is towards the search for photographs in diptychs that he will first be interested. This work will be presented in Lorient (F), (Galerie Le Lieu, 1996).
In India, he undertakes a work on the theme of the sacred. The release of the album (Mother Ganges, 2000) leads to a succession of projects in this country.
The years 2010 and the release of a book retracing his wanderings in India lead him to other projects - not to mention India (1). He then stays in many European countries - and beyond - by questioning the bonds that unite man to the sea (2). At the same time, in the cities, he explores the particular interaction between the inhabitants and the environment built around them (3).
(1) "Workers": We do not have to look at images in the exotic obsession. These images are from our shared region, that of the world. Have you seen this rhythm that Alain Carayol gives to see? Do you see that this photographer is a choreographer? How not to look at his images by their form and by their background? This world over there that he reveals to us here shows us nothing but our common. Gilles Cervera, 2017.
(2) "Shore Joys": A theory of the seaside should be written to state that the presence of the ocean is an encounter that transforms us not to diminish but to grow. Here, at this moment, we are transcended and we are experiencing an upturn. Cradled by the belly of the sea, we came to be reborn. Michel The Brigand, 2018.
(3) "The True passers-by": If we want to look at the cities, we have many visual surprises. Often erased from the iconography of cities, it is humanity in the urban landscape that interests me. In any case every encounter with a city revives the game of finding sets and face to face with its inhabitants. A. Carayol, 2018.