After undertaking many far-ranging trips in order to pursue the earlier parts of this project [see below], “Swan Song Part II” explores a closer and more intimate territory. This series offers a poetic alternative to a world that I consider complex and violent.
Here, I’ve met humans and animals that have guided me to the dream-like parts of my daily life. These meetings have soothed me and protected me from the chaos that is forever attempting to engulf me.
While I often use the external world to confront my own weaknesses, these “Swan Songs” are probably my most intimate work. By withdrawing from a concrete reality and entering a world where all forms of life and nature are treated the same way, I capture the symbols of my own quest for unity in my surroundings.
In short, I am searching for a place in the world—and I hope to find it through these images.
Editors’ note: Marie Sordat’s photographs will be shown at the Angkor Photography Festival and Workshops which will run from December 3 to December 10, 2016 in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Roughly once per week in the lead-up to the festival, LensCulture will feature a different part of the Festival’s program.