Born in Brussels, Belgium. 1962.
Lives and works in Brussels.
”Nature is an unrivalled piece of art. Just open the right eyes and admire it.”
The photos presented by Benoît Feron are part of a larger work on the Great Rift Valley, a place on earth dubbed “the Mankind of Humanity”, which spans from Djibouti to the Northern part of Tanzania, through Ethiopia and Kenya. During this project, Benoît Feron has captured a serie of aerial photographies of all the main lakes located along the escarpment of the Rift, from Djibouti to Tanzania. The patchwork exhibited presents abstract and graphic details of the Lakes Natron (Tanzania) and Magadi (Kenya) and of the volcano Dallol (Danakil region, Ethiopia). It highlights the exceptional beauty and aesthetic diversity created by natural phenomena and by nature in general, through a festival of unexpected colors and patterns.
Benoît Feron is a Belgian photographer. His fascination for photography started when he was only 6-years old, when his grand-father offered him his first camera. This was the first step in what would gradually become a true passion, nourished by a desire to discover the planet and its wonders. With a true appeal for the Horn of Africa.
The attraction for this region led him to undertake a large project on the Great Rift Valley, a place on earth dubbed “the Mankind of Humanity ». He captured innumerable images of its people and tribes. First with portraits but also with a large work on the human skin through the ritual of body painting, scarification or jewelry.
He is the author of several books and has been widely exhibited in Belgium and France and held in 2014 a major exhibition in Brussels, «Portraits of the Rift». In 2007 he won the best photography award delivered at the occasion of the exhibition l’Art pour l’Accueil held at the Xavier Hufkens gallery. In 2014, a jury chaired by Belgium Sotheby’s chairman granted the artist the photography prize in another collective exhibition in Brussels organized by Spot-U-Art.
Photo: Courtesy of the artist