“Seeds by Seeeds” is the first exhibition of Seeeds gallery. It presents the works of nine photographers on the common theme of the seed. The subject matter is at once political, philosophical and poetic, served by singular writings for the greatest pleasure of our eyes. Enjoy your visit of the exhibition…

“Seeds by Seeeds” is the first exhibition of Seeeds gallery. It presents the works of nine photographers on the common theme of the seed. The subject matter is at once political, philosophical and poetic, served by singular writings for the greatest pleasure of our eyes. Enjoy your visit of the exhibition…

ÉLOGE DE LA SIMPLICITÉ – Amélie Chassary –

Nature is a source of infinite inspiration, borrowing from an everlasting poetry. By following in its footsteps my approach as a photographer is both informative and artistic in order to reflect a romantic interpretation of the relationship between nature and art. Enthralled by the wealth it gives us in its biodiversity, I am choosing with this collection to sing the praise of the fruit. The very essence of these photos is to observe and reveal with simplicity the elegance of it. It is a personal vision, subtle with the finish of the colours, the lines and the lighting and influenced by my academic studies. In my still life work, a few simple daily life objects catch your attention, I place the fruit as the main character in my compositions. I am looking for perfect harmony in the processing of space and light in order to create a certain confusion between photo and painting. In the whole of my work I am showing a representation of nature. It is in front of her and with her that I find inspiration.

30cm x 40cm : Édition 2/7 : 800 euros (framed) 600 euros (unframed)
45cm x 60cm : Édition 1/5 : 1200 euros (framed) 900 euros (unframed)

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30cm x 40cm : Édition 1/7 : 800 euros (framed) 600 euros (unframed)
45cm x 60cm : Édition 4/5 : 1872 euros (framed) 1500 euros (unframed)

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30cm x 40cm : Édition 1/7 : 800 euros (framed) 600 euros (unframed)
45cm x 60cm : Édition 2/5 : 1200 euros (framed) 900 euros (unframed)

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30cm x 40cm : Édition 1/7 : 800 euros (framed) 600 euros (unframed)
45cm x 60cm : Édition 1/5 : 1200 euros (framed) 900 euros (unframed)

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‘ET GRAINER’ – Virginie Garnier & Natacha Arnoult –

Photographer Virginie Garnier and visual artist Natacha Arnoult look into the ancestral symbols and beliefs of traditional cultures to build a first series of images on Seeds. Seeds serve as a metaphor to talk about feminity, fertililty, immigration, world food balance and security, as well as freedom, and thus touch on contemporary environmental and spiritual issues.

Seeds are the tiny, fragile and indestructible beginning point of life and convey the idea of eternal renewal / rebirth. Seeds are free in essence. Whether farmed or not, seeds will always find a ground that will allow nature to spring out /to bloom wherever conditions seem harsh.

Popular and spiritual beliefs attribute divine qualities to seeds. Thus, sesame seeds are the symbol of immortality, round-like-the-moon melons – with their myriad of seeds – represent rebirth, pea sprouts stand for renewal and growth, and fava beans are Mother Earth’s first gifts when spring comes. As for African nutmeg, it brings good fortune. This series shows seeds in such forms as totems, rosary, jewelery or sprouts.

‘Toggle’ European linen seeds hinge on African grains of Paradise, which Ethiopians have always regarded as treasures. Is this image an invitation to raise awareness about the fragile coexistence between ecosystems, the future of heirloom seeds and sustainability issues

‘Invitation’ Hands are an instrument of symbolic language, whether you see it
as an act of rebellion, blessing or protection, a sign of peace or opening up, a form of divination.Covered with black sesame seeds, which is a symbol of immortality, our colored hand reaching up to the sky is a nourishing and welcoming hand.It calls for conscience in order to build a better tomorrow.

40cm x 60cm (size of each image per unit) : Édition 1/5 : 800 euros
24cm x 30cm (format of each image for the dyptic : Edition 1/5 : 900 euros

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‘Prayer’ In most religious traditions, fingers slowly tell the seeds on the rosary.
Composed of seeds or kernels strung on a thread, rosaries form a circle, the circle of humanity.

24cm x 36cm (format of each image) : Édition 1/5 – 900 euros the 3 images

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‘Balance’ Seeds, grains, kernels and stones have fed humanity long before agriculture was born and are thus heirloom riches. Today, the food industry has gained a stranglehold on seeds and agricultural biodiversity. Eating right has become a luxury. The burgeoning of wild harvest and seed banks show us how precious these seeds are. We must preserve the amazing diversity of ecosystems where seeds coexist within a natural and fragile state of balance. Seeds are free. May this be a message of hope for the 113 million people in the world who suffer from food insecurity, and for our modern societies that are facing an urge to change their agricultural models and their way of living.

60cm x 90cm : Édition 1/5 : 1000 euros

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‘Jewels’ Bracelets made of beans are worn like traditional jewelry. The weight of a single seed varies so little that it serves as the measuring unit for gold and gems. One carat is 0,2 grams which is what a single carob seed weighs.

‘le cycle’ Moonlike shaped melons, with their myriad of seeds, are the symbol of regeneration and success. It represents Mother Earth’s fertile womb.

40cm x 60cm : (format de chaque image à l’unité) : Édition 1/5 : 800 euros

24cm x 30cm : (format de chaque image pour le dyptique : Edition 1/5 : 900 euros

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‘Blooming’
Sprouts are born from seeds. Pea sprouts invoke the blooming of nature and the cycle of the seasons. They are an ode to spring and rebirth.

IN SITU – David Japy –

Equipped with a plain black canvas, David has taken all his photographs during walks in different places in Europe. Without cutting a plant, without interfering with the imperfect and harmonious way nature itself consists of, subduing the day light, he has frozen the plants at a moment of their life cycle.
Thus, the gentian, having given all its vigor, releases its faded leaves to better be reborn.
This absence of artifice and the voluntary under-exposure of the photographs invite us to enter slowly into David’s contemplative and sensitive universe. Text : Natacha Arnoult

Printed by Jean Francois Bessol from Laboratoire Dupon – Phidap.
30cm x 40cm : Edition 1/6 : 600 euros

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Printed by Jean Francois Bessol from Laboratoire Dupon – Phidap.
30cm x 40cm : Edition 1/6 : 600 euros

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Printed by Jean Francois Bessol from Laboratoire Dupon – Phidap.
30cm x 40cm : Edition 1/6 : 600 euros

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Printed by Jean Francois Bessol from Laboratoire Dupon – Phidap.
30cm x 40cm : Edition 1/6 : 600 euros

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Printed by Jean Francois Bessol from Laboratoire Dupon – Phidap.
30cm x 71cm : Edition 1/6 : 750 euros

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LA TERRA È VIVA. LA TERRA È FERTILE – GIOVANNI AMBROSIO –

La terra è viva. La terra è fertile. is a chapter of Ius Soli. Campania Felix Delenda est., a documentary photography project on the archeology of the present, through the attempt to tell about the complexity of a geographical area called the Red Zone: 18 cities around Vesuvius, the largest active volcano in continental Europe. Where fertility is one of the fundamental values ​​explaining the density of population on a land doomed to disaster. It’s That same catastrophe that makes the land fertile. The simplest way to visualize the idea of ​​fertility is food. Fruits, vegetables land and then the cuisine. Luigi Cippitelli, a pizza chef who composes his recipes exclusively based on Vesuvian products, constantly repeats the sentence Il Vesuvio vive.

Searching for marks, signs and ruins, clues, remains and signals on soil, the most important action is to collect : on the surface and in the depths of excavations. Once we are ready to dispose things, to organize them to produce a new material, we pass to the act of condĕre: to found, to create, to compose, to describe, to tell, to bury, to plant, to immerse, to put sheltered. We throw seeds, on another land, and they compose a constellation before disappearing in the soil.

Seeds, in Italian translates, by semi, and therefore fertility and birth.

Chapter 1 : the earth is fertile, it receives seeds, it produces seeds.

The earth is soaked, the earth absorbs. In the day light, traces of a spontaneous rite of fertility of the earth: abandoned tissues after a coitus in a car, along the roads that go up to the mountain (as everyone calls the Somma-Vesuvio). Will they germinate? Fertility is anchored in lava which solidifies after the eruption. Seeds of rebirth in scorched earth are brought by pioneering herbs and plants: on lava, they allow the formation of flora and then, year after year, the rebirth of vegetation.

La terra è fertile. Chap 1 : bundle of 3 photos Edition 1/3 : 1000 euros
Printed by Luigi Fedullo Fine Art Lab, Naples
60cm x 40cm (white margins)
36cm x 24cm
60cm x 40cm (white margins)

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Chapter 2 : Centogiorni, peas.

Seeds are round shapes, small particles of a vast and infinite whole. Constellation elements. Like sand, and seeds of time. A forgotten product in the history of cultivation in the Vesuvian zone has this spherical shape: peas called 100 days (i centogiorni). One hundred days pass from the laying of the seed to the harvest of the fruit. Centogiorni were a very widespread variety until the 1970s, then the decline began: the market demanded more productive varieties, suitable for processing (frozen and canned peas) and mechanized cultivation. The centogiorni peas survived only in the home gardens. Its seed has been passed on from generation to generation by a few farmers and it is stored in the horticultural germplasm bank. In recent years, a Presidium has been created to safeguard and promote this variety, currently grown in very small plots. One day, in Torre Annunziata, a Vesuvian city by the sea, I bought some. I decided to cook them by myself and to go to eat them in the middle of the herbs invading the garden of my mother’s family house, once cultivated by my grandfather, abandoned after his death, because of the seed of discord: the sharing of ownership of the land and the building on it, consisting of six apartments for five children. I kept the bark.

Centogiorni. Chap 2 : bundle of 6 photos Edition 1/3 : 1300 euros
Printed by Luigi Fedullo Fine Art Lab, Naples
74cm x 111cm
35cm x 50cm
30cm x 40cm (white margins)
20cm x 13cm
20cm x 30cm
20cm x 30cm (white margins)

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Chapter 3 : Pellecchielle: apricots.

Can I plant seeds? I found an apricot kernel, it is a popular fruit of the Vesuvian area. The so-called pellecchiella variety has red undertones on its round body. Raffaele, local wine producer, shows me his land where he cultivates a grape variety specific to the Vesuvian area: Catalanesca. Beside, in the middle of summer, I can see all the apricot trees laden with fruit, not harvested, the ground is strewn with fallen and rotten fruit. Raffaele is not young and cannot collect the fruits. Despite their quality, the market price more is one or two euros per kilo. The fruit juice industries offer 8 cents per kilo. A harvester’s working day costs around fifty euros. Fruits rot where they are born. I have harvested and dried some, it is also a winter product, once the sun has released the water. I’ve read that unlike other pits, apricots can be planted and can give birth to a plant. So I planted a pit that I harvested. It is now waiting to germinate.

Pellecchielle. Chap 3 : bundle of 5 photos Edition 1/3 : 800 euros
Printed by Luigi Fedullo Fine Art Lab, Naples
30cm x 20cm (4 images)
40cm x 60cm (1 image)

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Chapter 4 : Piennolo, winter tomatoes.

I wanted to sow, to plant, to make the land live again. I could not. I wanted to plant tomatoes, like everyone else, but seeds do not have free circulation, everyone buys small plants already germinated. Mine never grew. By chance I filled a pot with soil taken from my grandfather’s garden. A tomato plant spontaneously was born in it. It gave birth to a tomato out of the archeology of the earth. Last winter, at my father’s place, I found a Piennolo. It’s a bunch of Vesuvius tomatoes that are left hanging in the winter until February. They are not dry, they are not fresh. It used to be forgotten product and it has been rediscovered by new agriculture in search of identity products. But seeds born tomatoes are rare, given the growing demand on the market. Luigi Cippitelli tells me about a producer who raises the Piennolo tomatoes from the seeds: in the morning, he discovers the seeds : they are exposed to the sun. In the evening he covers them with soil to protect from the cold. Like a child.

Piennolo. Chap 4 : bundle of 3 photos Edition 1/3 : 650 euros
Printed by Luigi Fedullo Fine Art Lab, Naples
50cm x 35cm
20cm x 30cm
30cm x 45cm (white margins)

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PIXELS – Stéphane Bahic –

Photograph or drawing in charcoal? Black and white? The eye rests on a pineapple not unlike a burning bush, a carrot hanging to its tops, a plain lettuce, a vine without tomatoes reminiscent of a crawling insect. And so, inanimate fruits and vegetables, do you have a soul? There it is, palpable, obvious despite the formal abstraction. Plants come to life through the choice of colours. Minute chromatic pixels escape from still life, grains of pollen blown by the wind to fertilize new lands. Each to their own pantone, essence precedes existence, the pineapple stands tall, the carrot unfolds, the lettuce starts to breath, the lost tomatoes are reincarnated. Stéphane Méjanès (journalist)

OILS (and Disorders) – Caspar Miskin –

Cannabidiol or CBD which is derived from the cannabis plant has no psychoactive properties itself, unlike the better known cannabinoid THC. But with its possibly multi-healing properties, many people, especially those with severe illnesses such as psychosis, epilepsy, chronic pain or other neurological disorders, have been drawn towards it. This is also the case for people with illnesses of which we know less about, such as fibromyalgia, where currently, the only medicine available has strong and sometimes lethal side effects. When you see people close to you with an illness such as fibromyalgia, constantly trying to better understand their disorder, and searching for information that could give them hope of a possible cure, then you can do nothing else but hope with them that something such as CBD could be the answer : a plant based solution with very mild side effects and no addiction risk, which in many
cases is a huge problem. And a problem that pharmaceutical companies are profiting from. But unfortunately, when so much money and marketing is involved, then you cannot help but be a bit sceptic. With the enormous growth in the market of CBD, estimated at $20 Billion by 2024 just in the U.S., then we are also seeing an enormous choice in how it can be consumed or taken. Ranging from power smoothies, lollypops, gummy bears to bed sheets infused with CBD and yes, even CBD tampons. But does it really work or is this just another new trend ? Most medical experts quickly disregard the possibility that many of these products work with perhaps the exception of products where CBD is the main ingredient such as CBD oils. However, clinical trials use much higher doses then what is available for us to buy, at an already steep price that not all can aford. And because of the varying quality of the oils, it is hard to say how much CBD you actually get. The reality is that we do not have enough evidence to know if these small doses work, though many consumers are claiming positive effects. In a way, having little knowledge also means we have yet to discover the full potential of CBD which is exciting. So far, the tests created have had very positive results. With new studies of this cannabinoid and with larger scale trials then hopefully, we will soon have more definite proof on what CBD can actually do, and with that, hopefully cure.

“The brain is about a symphony and CBD can bring the entire symphony into harmony.” Yasmin
Hurd, neuroscientist Ð The New York Times.

13:1 CBD / THC Should be benefcial for Fibromyalgia, Epilepsy, Muscle spasms, Parkinson’s.
110cm x 85cm : Édition 1/3 : 1500 euros

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13:1 CBD / THC Should be beneficial for Fibromyalgia, Epilepsy, Muscle spasms, Parkinson’s.
110cm x 85cm : Édition 1/3 : 1500 euros

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8,5:5 CBD / THC Should be beneficial for anti-infammatory, Migraines,
Depression, Anxiety.

110cm x 85cm : Édition 1/3 : 1500 euros

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12,5:1 CBD / THC Should be beneficial for Anxiety, ADD/ADHD,
Depression, Epilepsy, Chronic pain.

110cm x 85cm : Édition 1/3 : 1500 euros

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PORTRAITS DE GRAINES – Thierry Ardouin –

The seeds used in agriculture have to comply to standardisation rules and be registered on the Official Catalogue of Species and Varieties of Cultivated Crops in France. Farmers who produce vegetables or cereals for human consumption have to use these certified seeds and must buy them again each year as most are hybrids and therefore sterile. Outside of this official circuit various networks and associations are calling for the free movement of seeds as well as the freedom of seed reproduction. Thus, they contribute to the safeguarding of ancient varieties by commercialising them at their own risk or by exchanging them.
We are therefore in complete opposition with :
– on the one hand certified, standardised, legal seeds which produce vegetables of similar shape, size and colour.
– on the other hand, seeds of natural, rustic varieties adapted to their land, freely exchanged and which produce tasty vegetables of varied shapes but which are de facto illegal.
The seed is a marvel of appearance. It is a perfection of shape and colour. Its morphology is both necessary and strange and able to spark astonishment, wonder or contemplation. Chosen, lit and framed with the greatest of care, these seeds disturb our subjectivity: they become symbols, which, far from a generic picture, question our relationship with origins.

“Et en effet, sur la planète du petit prince, il y avait comme sur toutes les planètes, de bonnes herbes et de mauvaises herbes. Par conséquent de bonnes graines de bonnes herbes et de mauvaises graines de mauvaises herbes. Mais les graines sont invisibles. Elles dorment dans le secret de la terre jusqu’à ce qu’il prenne fantaisie à l’une d’elles de se réveiller”.

Oryza sativa L. Famille: POACEAE. Common noun: polished rice seed, red variety
Piper nigrum L. Famille: PIPERACEAE. Common noun: black pepper seed
Daucus carota L. Famille: APIACEAE. Common noun: carrot seed
Beta vulgaris L. Famille: AMARANTHACEAE. Common noun: beet seed
Numbered : 1/3 : 3300 euros

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SEEDS – Philippe Vaurès Santamaria –

Cracked, fissured, chapped surfaces. Rough bordering on rugged textures, mineral tones as if they had been scorched by a raw sun. Philippe Vaurès-Santamaria evokes aridity based on an essential element linked to the sedentarisation of man, rediscovering the ancestral codes of a basic diet. Water, cereals ground by hand, age-old practices shared by peoples from all horizons, and time. The hours go by on these heaps left as such to be played with by air and light. And already the dry and shrivelled up contours, the tortured and dehydrated flat tints of desolate matter take shape as if exhausted. In the image of our overploughed earth, tired of being solicited in order to respond to the production-driven madness started in the second half of the 20th century. A drought synonymous with austerity which brings us face to face with a system that feeds as well as destroys. A view which questions the necessity of a different relationship to the soil.

THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE – CARROT – Cristina Jacob-

‘Everything in the world has a seed. The process of genesis and change from an apparently insignificant object opens up a world of boundless possibilities. Seeds are the foundations of food, and food is the foundation of human life. These three photographs are a series of six images showing the interplay of time and liberation. Each seed comes with possibility. Between the seed and its final form there is a journey to be made through light, water and love.’

Amélie shares her time between Paris and Burgundy. She shows in her approach to photography the importance of her academic studies by creating a confusing image between photography, painting and drawing. She draws inspiration from nature. Photography is for Amélie a formof resistance : “to get away from the superfluous in our society, in search of wonder.”
Virginie Garnier was born in Nice and has lived in Paris for twenty years. Self-taught freelance photographer, she specializes in food, travel, portrait and still life.
Virginie’s images reflect her deep affection for natural daylight and simple compositions. She likes to capture the poetry of a detail and the simplicity of a drop shadow, both on a plate and on a face, particularly appreciating the charm of incidents. Virginie works for press, publishing and advertising.

French-born, Natacha Arnoult has been living in Paris for 15 years, after a few years spent in New York City. A self-taught visual artist, she works as a food and prop stylist for magazines, books and advertising. She has a passion for all forms of art which allows her to see the world in new perspectives and dream, for other cultures, traditions and rituals, which tell people’s ways of life, and for nature, which is a source of wonder. Working with her sense of light and composition, as well as her intuition and instinct, she develops independent artistic projects.

David Japy is a photographer. He lives and works in Paris.
After scientific studies, he turned to photography. Coming from a family where art and cooking come together, food photography quickly imposed itself in his professional practice.
David works mainly in daylight. He has many references in press and publishing.
Born in Naples, based in Paris. His personal projects are based on formal structures of art photography allowing variations of content and argumentation. He also develops a body of works based on minimalist painting, gesture and photography. His commissioned works can also, and sometimes simultaneously, lead him to work as art director, writer and graphic designer.
Founder of Seeeds Gallery, Stéphane Bahic is a french photographer who lives and works in Paris.
Specializing in food photography, still life and portraits, his style consists in highlighting the products’ materials, shapes and colors inside mostly raw universes.
He works for publishers, press and advertising.
Danish photographer, he lives and works in Paris.
Former chef de cuisine turned photographer specialized in working with gastronomy. His Scandinavian origins accompany and inspire him to produce works full of simplicity, close to minimalism.
Thierry Ardouin is a french photographer based in Paris.
He works on the links between human and his environment. He looks at the light, nature and their secret correspondences.
Photographic chamber, medium format, pinhole, cyanotype, he favors the photographic tools most suited to his subjects and if they require time, also leaves them to think about the image. A way to restore respect to the expectation, to the composition
Thierry Ardouin is co-founder of Tendance Floue (1991).
Photographer for twenty years after university studies in Art and Photography.
From assistant, he quickly became a reporter for a press group and then became freelance in the early 2000s alternating studio shots and field reports. His sensitive approach and his attraction to the aesthetics of beautiful products and fine cooking give him the opportunity to gain the confidence of the great names in French and international gastronomy. Using chiaroscuro like with full sunlight, between delicacy and flamboyance, he shapes by the image a singular visual identity for each personality. Philippe Vaurès regularly collaborates for magazines and publishers specialising in gastronomy.
Cristina Jacob was born and raised in Lisbon where she studied photography. She came to London to continue her studies but photography became eclipsed when a part-time job evolved into full-time Finance Manager in catering and hospitality.
Two years ago, Cristina decided to change gear and return to the original passion which had brought her to England. She gave up her financial career, went back to school and is currently in her final year at The British Academy of Photography, focusing on her two great loves: photography and food. 
Seeds, The Art of the Possible becomes both metaphor and sacrament. They wake us up, challenge our perception and show us nature in all its wild complexity of time.
Education:
2018 – 2020 British Academy of Photography
Exhibitions Solo:
2019 Wyken Vineyards (UK)
Exhibitions (Selection)
2019 Foodphoto Festival (DK)
2019 Talent Art Fair (UK 
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