In France, the concept of “New Cities“ (Villes Nouvelles in french) was born in the 70s, conceived as an ideal society; the city where you live, where you work, where you get entertained. Architects and sociologists described them as some kind of paradise to convince workers living in unsanitary areas (there was a lot in France in the 50’s-60’s due to huge reconstruction needs). So they joined those Low Income Housing cities.
Half a century later, are our architects, sociologists and the inhabitants still dreaming about it? Nope. But new cities are still built in different style to experiment a new way of life.
These new cities have changed, just as how we perceive them. Each one has its own identity; some have aged, others continue their growth and conquering colours. Do we always reproduce the same mistakes?
This project will cover the five new cities near Paris (Evry, Senart, Marne La Vallée, Cergy Pontoise and Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines), beginning from April 2014; its objective is not only documentary. For each city, humans are present, away or suggested in an unique urban environment.
You can see the whole series here : http://www.philippeblayo.com/#!ex-villes-nouvelles/dm871
As a psychologist, my daily life is made of human resources; people are an inexhaustible source of surprises. I walk the streets with curiosity to capture what drives us to live, to love, to defend ourselves. My work as a contemporary photography is based on explorations of urban territories with or without people inside; my photographs are influenced by humanities. I live and work in France. Hopefully, I will have the opportunity to travel and take any opportunities to widen my own little world.