The Faucon House by photographer Alex Proffitt

An ancient fantasy. This is how the photographer describes it Oleksiy Profit his new home, designed for leisure or work. They dreamed about this for a long time with his companion and set their eyes on the old building overlooking the Mont Ventoux.

Why did you choose this region?

I am Parisian, but my mother lived in the south for 20 years in Gordes, then Luberon and Avignon. I have been swimming in this region and I really enjoyed walking towards Mont Ventoux and its two sides. Living in Paris, we were looking for a residence close to the Paris-Marseille TGV. And then in my research I came across a house in Mont Ventoux. It was a new real blow for the region after 20 years.

What is the history of this house?

It is a 19th century country house without land but on a terrace. There are two huts, a part called a masset and a small village hut.
The view is a sublime 180° view of Mount Ventoux. This is very important to me as a photographer. Moreover, we find the real seal of the old man, the house is not distorted. He kept his floors. An unusual fact, it used to be a butcher’s shop. On the facade, we can still see the base of the sign support.

What work did you do?

I wanted to restore, but leave it in its own juice, without calling an architect. I have always been very attracted to the inner world. We spent almost 9 months of work slightly rearranging the bathroom between the two rooms. We also created openings like a window to take advantage of the view and opened up the living room. We had handymen, contractors and I also did some of it myself, like painting and Zellige tiles. I also created shelves from untreated but very simple wood, keeping in mind the spirit of the house, always about this idea of ​​simplicity. Monastery rooms.

Does this region influence your creativity?

I was very busy with work, then I worked on objects on site, in particular on flowerbeds, canopies in the fields. They are all abandoned, the vegetation is regaining its rights, it is fascinating.

How do you define your style in photography?

I would say a visual style. I always liked to start with photography to move to the painterly side, painting or printmaking to get out of realism. The idea is to approach a photograph with a sophisticated and graphic subject. Now I want more monochrome, smoke… This is felt on the material of the photo prints under the eyes. I prefer smoky browns, browns that stand out depending on the paper used. This reinforces the old-fashioned side of printing. At Maison Faucon, prints stand out very well on white walls. They live by light. Finding colors for the house is also the same work as with my photos.

Is the house a new playground?

The house becomes a stage place. This is the first time I’ve had a place that allows me to do that. The walls are white, which allows me to experiment, to see how it lives. During the day, the shades change in one photo,
colorimetry is more subtle.

What is your creative process?

I do not do programming, it is in the process of discovery. I have an old Land Rover that I use for my research. It allows me to go all dirt roads to go further, faster and further into the mountains. It’s a pretty cool global approach that I can do alone, with family or friends. I explore, I walk, I climb heights, summits, and next time I find other trails. Basically, I’ve been trying to work on items and ideas for a long time and I just can’t! Once I tried to ask myself about subjects, I find it difficult to move forward in these directions.

Is it important for you to take your time?

Absolutely. My artistic creativity has been going on for a long time. I will work on the image and return to it even after a year, due to inspiration. The main subject, photographs, often come from professional trips for reports, such as for Air France magazine. I have the freedom to make things for myself without knowing what I’m going to do with them, like my series of cabin houses in the smoky green.

What are your next projects?

I have a new Riviera themed series I’m leveling up
pictorial. This is at least 3 trips in different years. I also work with Hermès and Vuitton, with jewelry magazines. I focused on interior photography, but always with the connection I love between my photographs and interiors.

What are your good design and food destinations in the South?

Skortineria of Nyon. Ephemeral flea markets in Vaison-la-Romain and Glicin-du-Martin. For olive oil, the old Farnoux mill in Puyméras

“Eze” print by Alex Proffitt available at Craft Gallery

“Rocks 2” print by Alex Proffitt is available at Craft Gallery

Gallery of crafts

Alex Proffitt’s works can be found in the Craft Gallery. His “prints” are produced in a limited series.

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