La Trajectoire du Gyrovague
Images by Constantin Schlachter

La Trajectoire du Gyrovague is compose of images taken during a series of retreats and wanderings – “It’s a sensorial action that explores links between myself and nature” explains Constantin, a Paris based artist who works mainly with photography, “these images escaped from time and space.”

In 2014 whilst experiencing a period of real self-doubt, Costantin began to feel a profound need for stillness and began emmersing himself in nature more and more.

“The act of wandering amongst nature allowed me to clear my mind and honed my senses. It was a lonely period but the self- interrogations helped me to recenter myself.”

Constantin began to gather photos linked to this new state of mind, he photographed instinctively, and saw his photos as a way of creating a dialogue with nature. “As I talk to the world and the world talks to me, the environment begins to form shapes – it is choosing the medium in which it wants to express itself.”

Nature, invisible and physical matter are dominant entities in Schlachter’s work. By using them, he creates sensorial actions while examining reminiscence, mental landscapes and a spiritual return to nature. In his approach all notions of realism are voided, and are replaced with unusual colors, subjects and textures.

“The study of physical matter allows me to make visible what’s in my mind. I manipulate the outside world with my camera through different processes to discover what’s inside me.”

“My practice allows me to project my thoughts and still my mind – it’s more of a visceral need than a labour.”

By staying present in the moment and not over thinking or planning ahead Constantin slowly creates continuous streams of pictures, which punctually blossom into projects that crystallize his evolving feelings.

“I allow myself freedom to create and, like an alchemic process, I constrain the matter to separate the essence of the subject.

Constantin is a Paris based artist who mainly works with photography. To view more of his work visit

This feature was first published in Issue One of SATORI. To explore issue one further click here.

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