Cannes: a selection of images from an on going project capturing faces, places, and passers by. Taken during the festival de Cannes, held each year during the month of May in the resort town of Cannes in the South of France
CANNES by Eddie Monsoon is a photographic project developed over several years that studies and admires the other side of the Festival De Cannes – the side beyond celebrity and red carpets. He presents us with a series of images of those beyond the velvet rope but all to eager to peer over it for their own moment in the spotlight. Since his first visit to the festival several years ago, Monsoon was attracted to the sheer spectacle of it all; the faces, the parties, the business deals, the showmanship, the daily fashion parades along the Promenade de la Croisette. Cannes is a place of palpable energy and during the festival Monsoon feels there is nowhere like it on earth. There is a certain electricity in the air, a buzz and as a photographer Monsoon aims to capture this mood – sharing this energy with his audience. It is the real people of the festival, the people behind-the-scenes and rarely acknowledged, that really catch Monsoons attention. A portrait photographer at heart, whose interest in the individual has led him to an illustrious career, Monsoon and his camera couldn’t help but fall in love with some of the festival attendees and staff. Not the American stars shining at the premieres, not the models and tycoons sunning themselves on their yachts – but the individuals on the edges. The residents of Cannes, wanting to join in with the spectacle; the tourists lying in wait for sight of a movie-star; the assistants and publicists wearing their finest on the Croisette; the workers at the festival – security guards, cleaners and the paparazzi, all too aware of the beautiful irony of being photographed and exhibited themselves. These are the people that interest Monsoon and their thrill at being photographed by him explores the innate human feelings of pride and recognition. Monsoon looks at the peripheral with a joyful gaze. His images celebrate the reality surrounded by the pomp and circumstance of fantasy. Monsoons’ images retain their total individualism and his CANNES project is a labour of love and a dedication to Cannes and the Festival itself.