Kaustikos is the Greek word (καυστός) for that which is fiery, that which burns. Kaustikos (caustic) is also the word by which crossings of light rays are designated, as a continuous crowd of curved foci.
Everyone has already experienced fortuitous caustics: at the bottom of a cup in the form of a sort of heart, at the bottom of a swimming pool as luminous filaments, or on the tablecloth of an outdoor lunch where the sun's rays dance in strange shapes under a glass…
… however, on my side, I invoke these caustics in a controlled way and I explore in the Kaustikos project the opportunity of a new experience of reality by making contact between the white light of a multicolored laser and a multitude of optical elements sculpting its path. In contact with the glass, the light is twisted and distorted, textured and fragmented, and takes on a unique identity, which I capture with the camera.
Between deep blacks where the light is absent, and saturated gradations where each color is exposed, it is a whole universe of volume that opens up, in which the imagination can freely express itself.
Kaustikos is a series of laser photomorphisms, realized during a creative research residency in Besançon at the Department of Optics of the FEMTO-ST Institute, CNRS, and the University of Burgundy Franche-Comté.