The region of Provence influenced as much the beginning as the end of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s life. Provence is the land of his mother, and it is also the last landscape he may have seen from his plane. On July 1944, Antoine left on board of his Lightning P38 to execute a prospect mission, yet never returned. His airplane had crushed off the coasts of Marseille and the author of the Little Prince had now gone missing.
« If you please draw me a sheep! »
This how the encounter between the aviator and the Little Prince begins, in the eponym book. Through this sentence, and throughout the whole book, the author encourages the reader to get back in touch with there inner child through drawing, which he expresses in opposition to adding and subtracting numbers and other rational thoughts that adults habitually engage in. This photograph of Provence has stains of paint representing planets from an imaginary solar système just as in the book The Little Prince. It stands as a tribute to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
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).