Photographer-director, Lionel Prado makes contemplative and immersive films as well as photographic reports that bear witness to his adventures in the field, in the remote and still preserved wilderness. The essence of his work aims to question the place of the wild in our modern societies as well as more generally our relationship to the living.
His creations are inspired by his wild immersions marked by the surpassing of oneself in the great outdoors, where solitude mixes with animal encounters. In these isolated, harsh and extreme environments, a sense of resourcefulness in the middle of nature and good knowledge of autonomy are essential to fully surrender to the heart of the elements.
This passion leads him to set off for explorations ranging from the Himalayas, to the northern European and Canadian territories, passing through his native mountains of Mercantour which, due to his origins, have such a particular resonance of (re)connection.
Whether during committed hikes, on an isolated river in a canoe or in the heart of the extreme landscapes of the polar winter with his sled, his immersions are marked by the duration and the slowness. Through his eyes, he takes you to discover the wild wonders of our living world; those that are difficult to access and that only few of us have the privilege of contemplating.
Passionate about the resilience of the first nation, he also documents the way of life of resilient people he meets during his travels. Convinced that these lifestyles at the antipode of our modern world will be the oases of the world of tomorrow.
At a time when biodiversity is collapsing, these meetings are a way of testifying in favor of other possible paths as well as reconsidering our relationship to living things.
“Placing humans at the heart of natural elements means reconnecting them to the essentials.”