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The color has faded because most of these moments are frozen in time. Memories of intimacy, solitude, and joy are intermingled with the landscape of its city. It is those moments of walking down a busy street and bumping shoulders with strangers that remain etched in my memory. In a city, you are surrounded by the unknown and known, you are both nothing and someone's everything. 
It's not about the photography, it's the things I'm photographing, the people my camera allows me to meet, the places it takes me, the situations it puts me in, the stories it uncovers. It connects with the world and its inhabitants. And I love it for it," says Mikaël Theimer. A photographer born in Paris, but based in Montreal, he became a visual storyteller almost by accident
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Theimer graduated with a bachelor's degree in Marketing. His dream at the time was to work in a big company, so after 4 years of doing exactly that, he finally grew the courage and quit with no other plan in mind but to "try and figure out what I really wanted to with my life," he explains. 

"I bought myself a camera because I'd been a fan of humans of NY for a while, and figured hey, while I figure out what I'm gonna do, why don't I create a Montreal version of the page?" he shares, and as they say, the rest is history. 
His work is a kaleidoscope where color is almost absent, as most of his photos are black and white.



“It started out as a game and ended up as a ritual. We become kids playing in the Old Wild West, he pulls out his camera, ready to shoot me. I try to take cover and hide from his attempts to steal my essence, and my smile(...)"




"Don’t think badly of me, I don’t mind posing for the love of my life; however, there’s something about my portraits that they keep bothering me."




"There’s always something wrong, my messy morning hair, a half closed eye, a shirt that doesn’t quite fit, or the color of my lipstick, and yet, I feel it is something more than that. I’m not a shallow girl, I’m not haunted by the fashion or beauty standards. I do love myself, honest, but his pictures will never capture the real ME."




"I am the girl who likes to cuddle at 4 in the morning, the woman who stays up late studying, the child who, from time to time gets homesick; the one who reads book after book, hates Nirvana, and feels like a movie expert."




"I stop in the park to smell the flowers, I dream I can run a marathon, I save money to travel around the world for a couple of months. I am the light flickering behind his eyes, and not in his lens."




"I make him laugh with silly jokes, I love him, I listen to his stories of glory and defeat. When I am annoyed with the world, I isolate myself or when I'm happy I sing to the top of my lungs. How can my essence be captured by one photo? I don't want him to have a piece of me on paper, I want him to have it all. I am." 





The essence of this story is captured by the lens of Mikaël Theimer in his new project called Mama Doesn'T Like The Camera. The woman in the series is his girlfriend Marion, who refuses to pose for  Mikaël.

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The project began when Theimer asked Marion to pose for his camera next to a garage door. She refused to do so at first, but then, she turned her back to him. Without thinking about it twice, he pressed the shutter.



A game of hide and seek began and an unconventional series was born. The photographer likes to play with saturation, as he goes back, and forth with color and also with black and white. His random snaps capture, specific and unique moments of his relationship: A woman hiding under the blankets, or peeking behind a book, or a girl who prefers to cover her face with a scarf in the middle of a beach.

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The project is also a dialogue of how feminine beauty and love can hide in the most common of places and be revealed when captured by a lens.

You can know learn more about Mikaël Theimer in his official site, Facebook or Instagram



















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