Yasmine Belchener, dite Yabé, vit et travaille en Bretagne depuis 2005.
Yasmine Belchener, known as Yabé, has lived and worked in Brittany since 2005.
She studied literature and art history in Lausanne, then her passion for French and her precision in using language led to her working in journalism and the press, working as a translator (French to German, and later German to French) and teaching German in corporate settings.
She has always taken pictures and she eventually gave up writing for photography. Her demanding eye captures both the detail and humour of seascapes and silence in the intimacy of nature.
In addition, she excels in showing us the animal figure with a rare sensitivity, in a series of animal portraits that cannot be classed as either nature or documentary photography, but are really intimate photography, just as we might capture the portraits of family or friends.
Her series of PorCtraits ("PorKtraits") were highly commended during the Mois Bis de la Photo in Paris in 1999 and at the Lefor Openo Gallery (Paris) in 2003.
In her more recent series of flowers (Coralis) and watercourses (Eau Lumière), she works to the point of abstraction, with poetically hazy images which, for the most part, are pure interplays of form and colour.
Today she shows her work mainly in Brest, in both private and public spaces.
Translated from french by Janet Ormrod