I am deeply interested in places, spaces, territories, in other words in landscapes, urban landscapes. I believe that showing where people live, work, inter-act or develop their activities can teach us
a lot about the inhabitants.  I am a "back-alley" man; I love improbable and ugly spaces or buildings, highways, bridges, pipelines, factories, power plants, train stations and railroads. All are Man's creation. How can we explain that these places seem to run their own life, to grow, to decay or to be in agony, frequently left in an apparent total independence and abandon from their designers or users? Who dared build this ugliness and why? Is it what we want to pass on to the next generations? 
We have lot to learn from cities...
I feel comfortable walking alone in those places, looking at rushing and roaring tucks running between noisy and exhausted cities, staring at busy people.  I like to take a right turn, here, at random, guided by my instinct, and go down the narrow lanes; There is always something to discover at the end of a narrow lane… Robert Frost's verse is mine: "I took the less traveled-by, and that has made all the difference"...

Most of the projects I have developed over the recent years were documentary projects, mainly in China, where I  lived and worked during 11 years:  In Shanghai, I explored three districts (Minhang, Pudong, Baoshan) and tried to capture a glimpse of the permanent urban sprawl; and four other major cities (Wuhan, Zhengzhou, Shenyang, Changsha), usually less exposed  to the Western world.

I am fascinated by visual emptiness and banality; trying to capture some essence from nothing is a good challenge.
I am shifting now towards a more contemplative and introverted form of photography, maybe closer to what one call "straight photography". I use the opportunity of travelling and simply capture visual traces, anecdotes, fragments. And I am discovering trees, people and trees, and probably a bit of myself...
Jean-Philippe Gauvrit

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