Sophie Ebrard’s photographs are fresh, eclectic and full of life, her pictures capturing small moments in wonderful light and warmth, her very being immersed into the image, the relationship between photographer and subject personal and affectionate.
There is nothing constructed in these pictures, they are imbued with a subtle narrative, each photograph bringing us into the lives of people from Thailand to America and Spain to Cape Verde. Each image taking us on an emotional journey through an ordinary day saturated in a warm light and a joyousness that uplifts the soul, has a sense of peace and equilibrium, a rhythm that plays to a different beat; sunbathing, hanging out on the beach, skating, enjoying the dog days of summer.
After leaving behind a life in advertising Ebrard has taken to reflecting a different sort of life, a slower one, a deeper and more fulfilled existence. One that’s deeply rooted in stories, people and a light that reflects the beauty of the everyday and delights in the wonder of the ordinary. It’s heartfelt picture-making driven by a passion for the simpler things. That brings us to rest, far removed from the stress of city life.
Ebrard sees her artistic process as one of chance and surprise, the texture and possibilities of film giving her pictures a depth of colour and emotional clarity that is otherwise impossible with digital. Each image created with the music of chance and the uncontrollable beauty that’s always at the heart of analog photography. For her picture-making is about instinct and finding an angle that reveals things we might otherwise miss, glance over, take for granted.