Suite à mon exposition l’été dernier à Cavalaire, ma collection de sables est agréablement présentée dans un journal du KAZAKHSTAN .
Une journaliste de ce pays, Ogoulbibi Amanniyazova, m’avait rendu visite à la médiathèque de Cavalaire ou j’exposais l’été dernier des sables, des foraminifères, des photos et de nombreux objets (voir les articles précédents sur cette exposition). Nous avions longuement discuté et ma surprise fut grande il y a quelques jours de recevoir un journal dont un article sur les 3/4 d’une page est consacré à cet interview.
La traduction de cet article est intéressante et amusante. Bien que cela ne soit pas du mot à mot nous en avons respecté la forme et le fond.
Voici quelques photos de ce journal et le texte de cet interview parut au KAZAKHSTAN le premier Novembre.
MIRACLE OF SAND
Journal “Kazakhstan business”
Parus le 1 November 2013 à Almaty
par Ogoulbibi Amanniyazova.
Collection of sand and foraminifera in France.
“If someone once met a real collector, This is particularly strange and”. Normally collectors are people looking for stamps, bells, tables etc.…. It is more common…”
But I met a collector who collects not ordinary … sand!…
He told me that he has more 6.000 types of sand and also foraminifera which are organisms that live in the seas of the globe.
This particular collector lives Hyères Var, en France.
He exhibited a part of his collection to Cavalaire, south of France, during 2 month 1/2.
So I met him. This is Bernard Remaud who told me how he started his collection.
In her youth, He loved to travel 4×4 in deserts : le Sahara, Libya and Algeria, among others.
The first time in Algeria, he collected a bag of sand in remembrance…. simply because he was handsome and ran his fingers.
In a second trip also and so on, according to its possibilities.
At home, He examined them closely and discovered another world…
After each trip he put them either in bottles, either in sachets, labeled with the place and dates.
Gradually this admiration has become an obsession.
One day he showed his collection to a friend who told him the association of arénophiles “l’AFA”.
So Bernard has learned that other weird people were interested in the sand and he enrolled.
“I like the idea of this Association because he says there is no sale, only trade. We can collect all sorts of items that have a price, but not the sand.”
90% its sands come from exchanges and enjoying this exhibition he could thank a large sign on everyone who allowed him to enlarge his collection.
He is retired and has time to deal……….
His garage was transformed into laboratory with sand tubes and other pictures.
The most important in his collection is to put pictures that we see under the microscope.
So he himself creates a device for micro photographs.
This is a complex device with several floors down a lift and a transparent plate to see the sand and selected foraminifera under microscope.
When making a picture do not breathe for a breath of air can destroy any action.
To get a sharp picture can not do it with a single photo : it takes 25 or 30 and computer-treat with special software for sharpness.
A good photo is ready after 3 hours.
Looking at his pictures we see with astonishment how many sand and various foraminifera…
Some resemble lollipops, else to balls or other precious stones etc.…
Each photo is an art object.
The creation of the site has led him to be contacted by television shows and he also made several exhibitions, in particular that of Cavalaire I met Bernard for more than 2 month, explained all the steps to get to this collection.
Visitors discovered a world unknown, the world of sands………..
In this large room to merge glass cabinets, panels, exhibition of paintings, of tubes saber, of other products and jars filled with all colors.
One could also admire beautiful photos, landscape, saber, beach and foraminifera magnified under the microscope.
Its collection and exhibitions introduced him to other collectors, people of any nationality. For example a person from Germany contacted him and offered him his entire collection of sands was also exposed to Cavalaire.
How did your wife react ?
“it's cheaper than a horse or a mistress !…
Especially at the beginning you do not know how you expect your passion….
It takes place…..I moved my lab in my garage … but now the car is outdoors….”
The sand is not the same everywhere. Seen in this exhibition, Tables, jars, photos….
For example Cavalaire at the beach Bonporteau it is different from one place to another and there are three different.
On all the beaches or in deserts it is the same as the wind carries them from one place to another.
With passion, Bernard shows and tells all kinds of volcanic sands or other.
Like the first time I hear the word” foraminifères” I propose to my partner about this other.
We can pick foraminifera at the bottom of seas. There are fifty thousand kinds of animalcules whose 10.000 are now living….seems he…
Foraminifera are known for a long time, the ancient Greeks Plato and Strabo wrote about it in some of their work.
To 1920 Science has developed this knowledge through research oil because with these animalcules we better understand the geological levels. An example : by digging to the Channel Tunnel has been traced in blue chalk a defined type of foraminifera.
On one panel I find a sand Kazakhstan.
“I know where all my Sands said Bernard, beaches, Oceans, the banks of rivers or deserts… some people bring me the sand with their pickup location made the GPS and Internet I found the place… and I travel…
I can not tell you now where that sand comes Kazakhstan, but at home I would find on my book and you would communicate.
I have only sand in this country because it is difficult to contact someone, but if you know a person he said, it would be with pleasure that I could share.”
Bernard's eyes shone and I could see the glow of the real collectors.
And I promised to find someone like him passionate. Without doubt this is too realistic ….