Marie Imbert: Story on Board

Born in France, photographer Marie Imbert has lived in Japan, the USA -where she studied photography - and is now based in Brussels where she works for the European Commission.

Marie is currently exhibiting in Brussels her astonishing images made on an epic journey by rail across the United States that took her in 30 states and some 17,300 kilometres.

Such a journey of course deserves a book, and in November Marie's Tracks was published by Brussels-based ARP2.

Inside the coaches you really meet the people. I met with Amish folk, I met with veterans, even with a gentleman who had served in the Korean War. I met a tv host going from Fargo to Chicago to make a show. At Birmingham Alabama I found myself the only white passenger on the train. You just let yourself be led by the rails...

Marie Imbert

"Venture into this book to experience the dream of taking a journey on a slow-moving train, passing through every State - or almost - of the United States. It is to discover the work of a photographer who captures landscapes and faces without freezing them but allowing them to tell their story in a moment in time. Movement is the essence: in the journey’s trajectory and in the artist’s delicate interpretation, allowing this touching geography of images to re-draw the contours of a continent so often explored. Until they restore harmony." - Virginie Jux.

"I am always trying to look for inner harmony," she said, "and I think this is obvious in my images."

I asked her which, of the many places she stopped at during this great adventure was her favourite, and without hesitation she replied "New Orleans - with its French culture and cuisine, and as for music, it's the place to go!"

The expo, at gallerie mhaata runs until February 14th, and is open Friday to Sunday, 11am-7pm, or by appointment.

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