Levés d'Ouest (Western Surveys) by Pascal Amoyel

Issue 72

Survey :
Topographic surveys are meant to locate the main physical features on the ground,such as lakes, rivers, roads, forest or large rocks.They provide data for map making.

Shot in France (2013-14) with a field camera 4*5 inches, Western Surveys seeks to capture the impermanent relationship between man and its land. Made up from documentary style photographs and fragments of a personal path, this series depicts the unstable way people inhabit places, and how people and places inhabit images.

Initiated in the Western part of France called Brittany, where dispersed pattern of settlements, despite an old and obvious human history, gives human presence a singular and ephemeral aspect, this work focuses on places that combine signs of human habitation and vividness of nature. Travelling back East from this end of Old-Europe, Western Surveys designs the map of a territory where men try to live in an ever changing space. 

Pascal Amoyel lives and works in Paris, France.
To view more of Pascal's work, please visit his website.

 Néris les Bains, 2013 

Néris les Bains, 2013 

 Golfe-Juan, 2013 

Golfe-Juan, 2013 

 Near La Bruffière, 2013 

Near La Bruffière, 2013 

 Noam, Mézien, 2014 

Noam, Mézien, 2014 

 Near Bonnétable, 2013 

Near Bonnétable, 2013 

 Boussay, 2013 

Boussay, 2013 

 La Gordolasque, 2013 

La Gordolasque, 2013 

 Le Moustiers, 2014 

Le Moustiers, 2014 

 Gignac, 2014 

Gignac, 2014 

 Baie des Trépassés, 2013 

Baie des Trépassés, 2013 

 Hannah, Golfe-Juan, 2013 

Hannah, Golfe-Juan, 2013 

 Authon, 2014 

Authon, 2014 

 Golfe-Juan, 2014

Golfe-Juan, 2014

 Nathan, 2013

Nathan, 2013

 Cugand, 2013 

Cugand, 2013 

 Barrême, 2014 

Barrême, 2014 

 Saint-André-les-Alpes, 2013 

Saint-André-les-Alpes, 2013 

 Patrick, Lérins, 2013 

Patrick, Lérins, 2013 

 Margot, Mézien, 2014 

Margot, Mézien, 2014