A few square feet of fabric, a touch of technical know-how, a whiff of breeze, and lo, there is birdy on the remote. These photographs challenge one’s sense of orientation and perspective, play with textures and graphics, and provide a close view of the world from an unusual angle. The kite allows the photographer to wait for just the right time to click, when a ray of sun finally comes to highlight the subject. The camera will fly in the wind, a silent and unobtrusive spectator, alert and fully integrated in its natural surroundings.
“Fifteen years ago, the kite line became my second optical nerve. Since then, each destination led me to devise tailor-made hardware and photography techniques, which I am constantly improving. Each new venture brings me into contact with dedicated and highly knowledgeable specialists. And every instance turns out to be a rich and fulfilling experience… On the field, it’s always amazing to see how much a kite and a camera can create such a link between people, wether they’re hindus, muslims, christians, buddhists… Curious individuals from all origins and of all ages will have the same smile, the same shine in the eyes, when gathering around the kite line. And in India, the country of Faith, in any form, there is something strong in every soul, which inspires all aspects of a day spent in India. That spiritual dimension is intimately mixed with a fantastic sense of pragmatism, which is sometimes close to surrealism. That can be unbearable for some, but for me it’s enchanting”
— Nicolas Chorier