On roads of East Africa, Indonesia, Bolivia and beyond — blinded by the sun, we drive again and again. By moto, by bus, by 4x4. The landscapes varies, roads also, but always we see these walkers along the roadside who seem to carry all their life on the head.

Such as ants with impeccable balance, men and women carry wooden mountains, tins of water, and food, the harvests of the fields.

The back bent sometimes, but always the straight neck and the fixed look, they are going to sell to the market, or are returning with reserves necessary for the home.

For this report — and because I have covered the subject of consumption in western countries — I imagined a series quite playful, reflecting the true life of people.

"How Much Can You Carry?" is above all a tribute to the bearers of life; those whose life is heavy and where smiles and laughter become the key to a livable existence.

This series can be read on two levels: The first refers to these modern caryatids; the second, more secret, talks about various weights we all carry, whether physical or psychological (the weight of tradition, education, family, etc.).

—Floriane de Lassée


Exhibition of all 50 LensCulture Emerging Talents: Barcelona, October 13-31

Floriane de Lassée's work, along with photographs from ALL the LensCulture Emerging Talents will be shown in an exhibition at the Galeria Valid Foto in Barcelona. Please join us for the opening party on October 13, 2014—we hope to see you there! See a preview of ALL the winners here in LensCulture.

ALL winners have already been featured at photo festival screenings in Dublin, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Tokyo and Amsterdam so far this year. Next screening in Korea at the
Seoul Lunar Photo Fest.