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My home: Mauritius Island – Keivan Cadinouche

When one flatters the beauty of Mauritius Island, one tends to quote the American writer Mark Twain who would have said, during a visit in the late 19th century,“Mauritius was made first and then heaven; and heaven was copied after Mauritius.”

Well, that I adore my country… But it’s a little exaggerated!

Like any developing country with a strong tourism potential, concrete is increasingly taking its toll on sand and our primary forests are losing their space every day. It is perhaps for this reason that I push against this inexorable trend with my film camera and my black and white film.

Mauritius - Keivan Cadinouche

Mauritius – Keivan Cadinouche

Mauritius - Keivan Cadinouche

Mauritius – Keivan Cadinouche

Mauritius - Keivan Cadinouche

Mauritius – Keivan Cadinouche

Mauritius - Keivan Cadinouche

Mauritius – Keivan Cadinouche

Mauritius - Keivan Cadinouche

Mauritius – Keivan Cadinouche

Mauritius - Keivan Cadinouche

Mauritius – Keivan Cadinouche

The father of three children, I no longer find the island of my childhood, and I find it sad that my children will not know the small Chinese wooden shops, salt collectors or cane fields cut with a machete. How am I to explain to them what a film is and how to take photographs? How to tell them that there are cameras (you know, a box where look through a viewfinder!), and not just the most recent iPhone!

No matter. For 15 years, I feel like a rebel of the image has gradually become a craftsman of a photographer. I have decided to take the best of both analog and digital technologies: grain, with the development of film and digital printing (with the scanning in between).

On this small island that saw me grow into a man, I focus my photography on small moments of authenticity. I go to its inhabitants, the small traders. I borrow those roads far from the axis of mainstream tourism. No poses, no flash, no shimmering colors…just an aim straight at basic realities of life, looking for and finding those little slices of authenticity that make the true beauty of my island.

Whilst the photographs that follow may seem to come from the last century, they were in fact shot only a few months ago.

Thank you analog, thank you black and white, thank you Mauritius!

Mauritius - Keivan Cadinouche

Mauritius – Keivan Cadinouche

Mauritius - Keivan Cadinouche

Mauritius – Keivan Cadinouche

Mauritius - Keivan Cadinouche

Mauritius – Keivan Cadinouche

Mauritius - Keivan Cadinouche

Mauritius – Keivan Cadinouche

Mauritius - Keivan Cadinouche

Mauritius – Keivan Cadinouche

Mauritius - Keivan Cadinouche

Mauritius – Keivan Cadinouche

~ Keïvan Cadinouche

 

 

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About The Author

Keivan Cadinouche

French-Mauritian photographer who has long evolved into the world of advertising, Keivan Cadinouche is passionate of images and travel. For nearly 15 years, he worked on the theme of "insularity and timelessness" with playground the Indian Ocean islands of Rodrigues, Seychelles, Madagascar, Zanzibar, Mauritius, Reunion ... Fascinated by the analog black and white, he made his trademark. This approach allows him to return to the source, to the roots, to the light and give expression to the alchemy of silver crystals on the film. It takes a look uncompromisingly captures slices of life, out of the box and goes beyond the clichés.

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