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Cosmogony of Wine

The history of wine and vine is so ancient that it merges with the
history of humanity. For a long time the transformation of grapes
into wine appeared as a supernatural manifestation, due to divine
beings that violently agitated the vessels where tumultuous
fermentations took place. In turn food, medicine, sacred object,
precious food, source of wealth or torment, wine has emerged
during these five millennia of cultures as a fundamental element in
the history of societies and the link between men .
The series "cosmogony of wine" is born from the desire to reveal
the magic of this process put in place by man for more than 5000
years to make wine. The story of this "elixir" relates our deep
attachment to the earth, to nature, to the processes of
transformation inherent in the universe. I wanted to make this
collective memory resonate to reveal its initiation side, the quasi-
sacred dimension.
My eyes, plunging into the heart of the vats of wine making,
wanted to "touch the organic", to show how the man, who is at the
center of the work of the transformation of grapes into wine,
reveals its cosmic dimension.
These vats of wine look like planets where fire and water clash in a
tumultuous fight. Image of a living earth that creaks and "bloats"
before becoming in turn an uncertain space that of the future, of
the future forever transformed...

Patrick Desgraupes is a French photographer. He has trained on the job in different Parisian studios and in labs, in which he acquired an understanding of light, one of the strong traits of his current works. He made photographs of portrait, fashion, decoration, architecture and still life. His work has been published since 2004 at Editions de la Martinière in numerous magazines and brochures. He has become a recognized landscape specialist in the 4x5 inches large format camera, and his work has been published in the USA and in seven European countries. He has made numerous exhibitions in Iceland, Belgium, France for the National Parks of France and the Ministry of Ecology, in Slovenia, on the island of Reunion and in Guadeloupe. His photographs testify to his passion for light.
He currently lives and works in France.
He is a member of Icône Studio in Paris.