Her pictures are an invitation to revel in color, beauty, and the human being, creating close links between painting, drawing, and photography.
The French photographer questions the collision of emotions, characteristics, and contradictions of the human being, giving free rein to the viewer’s imagination.
This former graduate of ENSAAMA and the Gobelins school was initially destined to be a painter, before starting her career in graphic design and photography. Today, in her early thirties, Ella Bats combines all these fields. Her work transforms her pictures into pictorial works where color is the master.
She plays with shapes, contrasts, light, graphic touches, softness of grain, and vaporous blur to represent a world. Her timelessly textured images blur the boundaries between art and photography in narratives that she undertakes as fictions based on reality, questioning their power of representation.
The singular, intimate, and strange atmosphere of her portfolio takes us elsewhere. Her series “Adam and Adam” invites us to return to the genesis of love, where “the ambivalence of intertwined bodies manifests different states of passion through a couple of men.”
With “Dépaysage,” taken in Bali, she evokes an imaginary world to be explored during trips abroad, letting a feeling of strangeness filter through.
For “Form Forme,” she plays with silhouettes, distorting them with large garments to shape a new identity through colors and materials. “One Thousand Women” explores the question of being a woman or a thousand women, sending us back to a bygone era through her vintage and steamy style. As for her new series, “Phosphorescence,” currently in development, Ella Bats shows yet another facet of her work via a darker approach.
This photographer celebrates the human being, its soul, its plasticity, its carnal and spiritual essence. Vibrant pictures of colors, which play with the viewer’s perception to draw them “into the secrets of their imagination.”