Interview Revealing How the Cinematic Scene Created from Lucas Dragone

Being inspired by impressive and powerful photographs awarded in the “Golden Orchid International Photo Awards”, Global Photography has the pleasure to contact them and been introduced to some judges. Belgian artist Lucas Dragone is one of them.

There is full of power and felling about joy or soul in his work; however, each photo/series has its special stories. And now, let’s see what Lucas Dragone talks about his photographic experience and opinion.


GP: Your series Faces of Violence have been awarded third prizes in the contest ‘Golden Orchid International Photo Awards’. How did the inspiration come to you? Is there any impressive stories during the creative process you’d like to share?

Lucas: The starting point of this project was violence against women from physical to sub-til psychological. The project is done in collaboration with Braseap-Cap Info asbl, a non-profit training center, and Barbiana asbl, a theater company.

Braseap-Cap Info aims at developing and reintegrating people into society while giving an important role to artistic workshops. Barbiana uses theater, art and freedom of speech with the same purpose. Our close relationship led to the “Faces Of Violence” project.

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Several women coming from different horizons accepted to be photographed and filmed, giving an intimate vision of their living conditions, their stories, their everyday fights. All these photos and videos testimonies were brought into a wider picture, becoming the basis of reflection and work that included drawings, poetry, debates, music.The project is in constant evolution, it went out of the frame of the starting theme, It became an ode to all women and the constant fight for their rights in all aspects.

The portraits of women’s back is a symbol of forgiveness, with regard to their past. It is, in my opinion, a way to say no to violence, and to propose metaphorically to turn one's back on it. Also, it concretely pictures the weight these women had to carry on their shoulders. That body is a recorder… That body remembers...What impresses me most in this project is that violence against women happens in every cast of the society, at every level.

I had to find a simple way… Almost anthropologic… Most of the time I search for something beyond the eye contact, a fissure somewhere, without being intrusive, without being too direct. I did not want to be too literal, the intention was more to propose a way between reality and imagination, proposing a space for reflection to any individual watching the photos…

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GP: You studied at the Lassaad international school of theater before, and you worked on the documentation of performing arts in the past few years. How does it inform your photography? What’s your greatest achievement on it?

Lucas: Theater is in my genetic, I come from a “performing arts” family, my father is a director and he was my first master. His earliest theatrical work was explicitly political, working as a director of theatre and film in the mode of the commedia dell'arte dramatist Dario Fo. The theatre works he helped create expressed social situations, interpreting true stories of the homeless, drug addicts, and prison inmates, and casting the non-actors who shared their stories to perform in the shows.18 years after I left the school, I’m still very close to the founder, Lassaad Saidi, he is still a mentor to me.

The “Documenting Performing Arts” is like working on a theme as important as the climate change, a process that seems inexorable, but here it is with blood and bones and that knowledge is disappearing. Over the past decade, the practice of the arts has significantly decreased in schools because these activities are seen as less important to society. The roots of traditional art are going away, young generations don't want to spend 10 years learning a movement, a dance. Those are the main reasons why I'm doing this. Every theater master I met in Asia told me that.


I think that through theater we can understand the others better. It's about sharing even in its most basic and instinctive way, theater is about sharing at least the space on stage... All those practices demand a lot of rules and disciplines and in Asia it takes a life time to achieve a good level to perform on stage. In Asia, theater is a part of every day life. There is something of a ceremonial quality of religious rite... Today everything go fast, today not a lot of people come to see those ancestor of theater. Theater is not only for the beauty of it but to try to understand a little bit of Humanity.


GP: What kinds of photographic subjects attract you most? Why do you like these subjects?

Lucas: A mix between portraying, social, documenting and art photography. I love human being. As a war photographer used to say, "bauty is a tactic. Beauty is a way to attract people, to tell them a story, to share something with them beyond the simple art work." I feel that as photographers we have the responsibility to open the eyes of the viewers on themes, subjects. We provoke questions rather than giving answers.


GP: You are the judge of ‘4th Golden Orchid International Photo Awards’. What do you think of the judge work? Do you have any suggestion for the participants?

Lucas: It’s an honor for me to go through all the photographs, to see the work of photographers from another perspective.

The advise that I would give to the participants is: tell a story, go beyond the beauty of photography, tell us your personal point of view on a subject. Put a caption on it, a few words can help viewers go in the direction the photographer wants them to take…


GP: What are you currently work on? What category would you like to photograph most for your next image?

Lucas: I'm in Dubai right now, working on the first permanent water stage theater in the middle east. I will continue to document Performing Arts, it’s a long term project. I’m going to India in November to work on gotipua dance theater, then to Africa to continue the work I start with Fekat Cercus. I will simply continue to document human beings in all aspects.


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> If anyone want to learn more about Lucas's work, please check and follow his journey through his website and Instagram.

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