Bali in my Mind: The Photography of Aimery Joëssel
Aimery Joëssel was born in May 1958 in Cannes, France. His first visit to Bali was in 1988, and after a series of long stays he settled in Ubud, where he has now been for 7 years. “Bali in my Mind,” he says, is “part of an ongoing work that I am creating about the Balinese People, from the perspective of a foreigner living in, and loving Bali, but at the same time capturing a side that many tourists don’t see.”
Aimery studied at the prestigious arts university ENAD (École Nationale des Arts décoratifs) in Nice, but without inspiration nor much success. Describing his experience, he says “the place had a bad ambience, bad professors…it was a time where “conceptualism” and “intellectualism” won over technique and good classical teaching.” Aimery’s father came from a long line of Alsacian artists, painters and architects.
His favorite photographers include Edouard Boubat, Steichen, Koudelka, Werner Bishof, Erwin Blumenfeld, Sudek, Brassai, Cartier-Bresson, Salgado, Flor Garduno, and Yamamoto Kansuke. For “Bali in my Mind” he has used Nikon FM, F2 and Leica M4, M6 cameras, as well as the Panasonic LUMIX DZ7.
Besides photography, Aimery has always enjoyed sketching and has exhibited his works in France on several occasions.