Denis Meyer

Denis Meyer


// ABOUT//

During my 20 years of professional practice as an educator and responsible for associative development in the social and solidarity economy sector, I have often used photography as a teaching tool to the various audiences I have apprehended. In 2014, I decided to retrain and to integrate EFET (Private Higher Education in Photography and Audiovisual), then the training courses for university diplomas « Documentary photography and transmedia writings » led by Studio Hans Lucas, and « Photojournalism, communication and aerial images « created in partnership with the Visa pour l’Image festival.

Since the beginning of my activity in 2016, my work has been published in : 6MOIS, GEO, Wired, Le Monde, VSD, L’Obs, Libération, Der Spiegel, Les Inrockuptibles, Le Figaro, L’Express, Le Point, Marianne, L’Humanité, La Croix, Pèlerin, Le Parisien, La Vie, Psychologies Magazine, Imagine, Regards, We Demain, Les Jours, Soixante-Quinze, Vice, Down to Earth …

The jury of the International Prize for New Writing 2016 for the Multimedia Workshop «MAD». Member of Studio Hans Lucas, specialized in documentary photography and photojournalism, I open myself to different forms of writing by exploring new domains in still and animated images.


// SELECTED WORKS//

ICELAND : THE SILENT EPIDEMIC

As the latest destination for travellers looking for stunning scenery, the small North Atlantic island of 335,000 inhabitants will have welcomed more than two million tourists in a single year by the end of 2017.
Tourism would now be the country’s main source of income, ahead of the secular fishing and aluminum industries. A fact that could well change the face of the country and its exuberant nature, a land of ice and fire. Iceland can rely on its near-zero insecurity, to position itself as a « safe haven », far from the threats of terrorist attacks that affect the tourist market around the Mediterranean.

Waterfall Ice Cave, Breiðamerkurjökull. Ice caves form during the summer due to the melting glacial waters. Between November and March, local tour operators organize themselves so as not to be in the cave simultaneously, to preserve the authenticity of the visitors' experience, far from the crowds. As the melting of the glaciers accelerates, each cave is unique and changes from one year to the next, sometimes leading to discrepancies between expectations and reality in view of the photos of previous years, sometimes used for Advertising.
Car wreck between Hleinasandur and Haukstjörn. The Government of Iceland has created the Tourism Task Force 2015-2020. This period is dedicated to addressing the tasks required to establish the foundations that the tourism industry needs. Its role is to coordinate action and find solutions.
Dyrhólaey. Iceland, in full economic and tourist boom, liquidates in 2017 the heavy legacy of the crisis by lifting capital controls. Icelanders, ordinary citizens or entrepreneurs, as well as their pension funds now do not have authorizations from the Central Bank to buy and sell foreign currency. They can now freely welcome investors or buy themselves abroad.
Blue Lagoon. The Americans are the first visitors to the island. Their numbers far exceed those of the islanders. Airlines offer travelers the opportunity to explore the country by stopping for several days at no extra cost. As they are mostly passing through, they remain concentrated in the vicinity of the capital, and only for a few days.
Blue Lagoon. Very few Icelanders want to work in the hotel industry because the wages are very low and they do not want to leave the "coolness" of the capital. The Icelandic mentality also makes hotel work a foreign job. English is the exclusive language used in this sector.
Svínafellsjökull Glacier. Groups of tourists cross a lunar landscape, decorated with the films Batman Begins, Interstellar, and the famous series Game of Thrones. Local tourism actors have decided to bet on the filming of films and series in Iceland. They are inspired to create their package and to surf this craze to enhance the heritage of the island.
Lake Tjörnin, Reykjavík. According to the International Monetary Fund, Iceland managed to recover completely from the crisis of 2008, without compromising its social model which provides free health and education costs.
Stokksnes. A large number of tourist attractions can be found on private property. The premises are maintained and managed by the owners. This leads to an inconsistency in terms of management and maintenance policy.
Skógafoss waterfall. There are many discussions about which form of tourism is most appropriate for Iceland. Current policies and promotional campaigns aim to make a money selection to attract visitors with the means to contribute significantly to the economy of the country. A consumerist clientele, which has the merit of remaining confined to major tourist attractions and managed, and the main part of their trip is summarized by bus buses to take pictures in front of the curiosities of the island.
Carcass of the Douglas R4D-8 No. 17171 of the US NAVY, abandoned in the Sólheimasandur since its crash on November 21, 1973. The site has become over the years the privileged place of lovers of photos and atypical places. Because of its meteorological characteristics, which are among the most chaotic on the planet, there have been more crashes of US military aircraft in Iceland than anywhere else on Earth. Instead of spending sums of money to evacuate the carcasses of wrecked aircraft, the US military prefers to strip them of valuable material, then abandon the non-recoverable materials to the Icelanders.
Mývatn Nature Baths. Iceland has seized the opportunity offered by the abundance of its natural resources to become a pioneer in the research and production of renewable energies. More than 70% of its energy consumption comes from its hydroelectric and geothermal energy resources. Its objective is to become the first country in the world totally independent of fossil and polluting resources by 2050. Since geothermal energy is also used for electricity production, hot waters can then supply baths such as the famous Blue Lagoon and Mývatn Nature Baths.
Library of the center of Nýheimar, Höfn. "Local communities are characterized by a certain proximity between members. There is good social cohesion, it is an open society, which likes to be together. People are used to cross familiar faces and then suddenly, all the faces that one sees are foreign. We end up with a sort of clash between local interests and those of an international consortium of visitors. Overnight, your beautiful little company is no longer what it used to be." Þorvarður Árnason, Director of the Nýheimar Regional Research Center.
Zone under construction in the east of Reykjavík. The popularity of Airbnb increases the pressure of land in the center of Reykjavík and leaves many apartments in its housing stock. The capital observes an exodus of its populations towards the peripheries. Downtown residents gradually give way to tourists, transforming the landscape where blooming hotels and souvenir shops to the detriment of the city's cultural and artistic scene.
Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. One of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland, she has an enormous potential. A group of investors, who bought the land from a bank at auction, is determined to fight the pre-emption of the purchase by the Icelandic state, which has confiscated the management of the lagoon and its shores to the National Park Of the Vatnajökull.
Blue Lagoon. After the crisis, the country did not intervene to prevent the devaluation of the Icelandic krone, and it tolerated inflation. This has led to a rise in domestic prices, but it has also stimulated exports, particularly for fisheries, and increased the cost of imports, which has resulted in a return to food Local restaurants in most restaurants (mainly lamb and fish).
Blue Lagoon. The most frequented relaxation place of Iceland, mainly by tourists. The extension of the facilities and the construction of the future hotel are at the expense of the lava field surrounding the present site.
Building facade, Perlan hot water reserve, Reykjavík. The island is strategically located from a geopolitical and economic point of view in view of the opening of the Arctic roads. Ice melting opens up new shipping routes between Asia and Europe, as well as the eastern face of North America, which also allows the exploitation of mineral resources and hydrocarbons.

 


URBAN SHEPHERDS

What brings our shepherds together is the desire to do, in the most concrete sense – to build, plant, mow, harvest – and to do with a city, a space and a population. To stimulate a tremor, a look from the side at our conceptions as partitioned as our spaces, between urban and rural. To show that against the background of an economic and ecological disaster announced, a certain wellbeing is possible and viable.