Photographer Jonk offers excellent pictures of places left by people where nature has regained its rights. Edition of his latest work, Naturalia II, is an opportunity to return with the author to his work.
Your photos of real places evoke the imaginations of post-apo and collapse. What fascinates us in these visions of abandoned places?
First, there is what jumps : an aesthetic fascination born of returning nature cracking, peeling paint or Who . Then comes thinking with a philosophical aspect that raises questions about man’s place on Earth and his relationship to nature.
What exactly do you want to convey to your photos of abandoned places?
Do you think we are aware that nature can easily regain its rights quickly?
I think we are aware of that, at least some of us. Recent locks have allowed us to see the living return to places they left because of human activities, such as ducks on . The purpose of my photos is to help people understand and reflect on the relationship between .
Among the sites you visited, what marked you the most?
I’ve been to Chernobyl eight times, where I’ve been, for 35 years, terrain in a hostile environment. The threat of drove residents from one day to the next, leaving their lives frozen in place. There are a lot of relics and remnants of the USSR.
Finally, is there a place you would like to photograph? Why?
Hashima Island where the coal mine has been abandoned since the 1970s. Lush vegetation seems to have taken over many structures in . There are other mining islands in the Japanese archipelago, which I have visited, but this one now arouses my curiosity.
Interviewed by Julien Leprovost