On the Road with Philippe Vitry
In the summer of 2020, we became acquainted with Philippe Vitry while organizing a photo contest with Vago Mag, a webzine on cars and on traveling. Philippe won the contest and at the same time he won a pair of Salt sunglasses with a picture taken during sunset on the ridged road between Cassis and La Ciotat.
A photographer for several years, Philippe started to work in fashion photography while at the same time developing his own personal aesthetic centered around nostalgia. His subjects are captured in places that feel as if they are from another time. In fact, they seem stuck in time. “I have certainly been influenced by films such as No Country For Old Men and Thelma & Louise. I especially enjoy working just as if I were working on a road movie with a team that I know well enough to stop here and there along the road and shoot ... whether it be in a naval shipyard, in a wheat field or on the edge of a cliff!”
While in middle school, Philippe traveled to the United States and begun taking photos with his parents camera. It wasn't until his second trip to the United States that he begun to develop a series entitled, "The Lonely State". The photo that started the series was of two old American cars in an alley. "One of the cars was oily blue and the other was a greenish color. Seeing these two worn out classics symbolized the country for me".
Ever since that encounter, his subject matter revolves around discovering forgotten roads, old cars and streets that weave their own unique story.