In 1959, Jean Cocteau made what was to be his last feature film: Le Testament d’Orphée (Orpheus’s testament) in Baux de Provence. This photograph, made on the film shooting site, uses as a background one of the emblematic landscapes of the film and at the same time it evokes one of the surrealistic aspects specific to the film. Therefore, it is a contemporary photographic interpretation of a landscape around Baux de Provence, inspired from the imaginary dimension of the Testament d’Orphée, a film in which, to quote Jean Cocteau “ideas take shape and link up to one another, as in a dream, yet it is not a dream…”
Elsa Leydier was born in 1988 in France. After studying languages, she entered the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles in 2012 and graduated in 2015. In her photographic work, she aims to interrogate images that are used to define iconic places and territories, that she tries to show from other points of view, through the prism of alternative and lesser stories. Her work has been shown in several shows like in Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie (Arles, France), in Le Réverbère Gallery (Lyon, France), Chez Agnès b. and Les Filles du Calvaire Gallery (Paris, France), among others.
She currently lives and works between Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Lyon (France).