Hans Silvester - Photos Pétanque 10
Photographs by Hans Silvester, who spent a few years in Provence (France), exploring his fascination with pétanque.
Photographs signed and numbered from 1 to 11 by the artist.
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In Provence, pétanque is played and watched under the shade of trees. Hans Silvester explains: "This is one thing I understood very quickly, which is why I love Provence so much: it is a country where one is well in the shade, which is rarer and more precious than one might think.". Around these round objects a civilisation is organized whose aesthetic and moral rules are as rigorous as those governing the movement of the planets around the sun.
From his first trip to Provence, Hans Silvester was fascinated by the petanque players, an activity that was widely practiced in the region. When he moved to Provence a few years later, he was introduced to the game of boules with local figures. He came across famous players whom he immortalised in his photographs, such as the gamekeeper of Murs, "Chinche", who is among the best known and most prized photos. He gradually made a place for himself by developing the photos and taking them to the players the next day, and was thus able to immortalise some anthology photographs...
Retour De Voyage has selected this photograph by Hans Silvester, which perfectly captures the popularity of the game of boules in the 1960s and 1970s.
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