Last year we reported on a colorful photo project called Metropolises by German photographer Kristine Thiemann which shows the surprising sides of unfamiliar small towns. With plenty of creativity, affectionate irony and ZEISS lenses, Thiemann translates the daily life of small-town inhabitants into their own “language,” sometimes taking her subjects to the boundaries of the burlesque. Since January, the pictures that are part of her Metropolises exhibition can be viewed in Vitrolles. This new photo series is part of the program of the European Cultural Capital “Marseille Provence 2013.”
The fact that it is pitch-black does not cause any orientation problems for Hakim, who is riding the white horse. Hakim is blind and teaches horseback riding to the visually impaired members of his club.
This fountain is (almost) always without water. So why not fill it with “human water“? The pillows double as foam, and there is even a leak.
Color, color, color wherever you look. Antoine Cuccia, a passionate hobby artist, painted every one of the pictures himself and hung them up in his bedroom. Some pictures even decorate his closet. By the way, Cuccia reproduced the picture “Cité rose,” which you see on the right next to Cuccia’s head. It is one of the images from Kristine Thiemann’s Vitrolles exhibition.
This “parking lot” near the radar tower of the nearby airport is where amorous couples like to meet when they want to be alone...
Elvis lives! The (real) mayor of Vitrolles leads a double life. At night, he trades his business suit for leather clothing and returns to his grotto. With him: Amy Winehouse, Marilyn Monroe, Bob Marley and Claude Francois, whose day job is professor.
Did you know that the people of Vitrolles play boccia with apples so that Grandpa can eat stewed apples even if he has no teeth?
Stop – and no further. The red sand is the result of a chemical reaction. A metal-making factory used to stand here. The long and sometimes “poisonous” discussions about this no-man’s-land inspired the idea for this image.