The photographer has carried out a photographic research on the territorial aspects of an island in the Maldives: Feridhoo, inhabited by just 200 Maldivians on 600000 square meters. The main aspect of the research is the observation and analysis of the elements that emerge from the reading of the characters of this island, one of the westernmost islands of the archipelago.
The island manifests an immediate empathy with the observer, the people gradually reveal themselves while maintaining a purely introverted nature towards a tourist/foreigner within their habitat. With this description Cédric Dasesson reads the urban space, built mostly of ephemeral architecture integrated with nature. The building materials are dead coral, dry sand and large palm trees that act at the same time as boundary walls, green volumes and umbrellas.
The main activity, for those who do not work on other islands in the resorts, is fishing, for young people it is motorcycling. The relationship with the water, with the sea, is of an opposite nature to the one established with the tourist. The bond with the sea derives from reasons of necessity and therefore assumes a productive, economic and social value.
The island seems like a surreal place left in a distant part of the world that we consider perfect only for the color of the sea and the palm trees, but the reality is different. It is magical at the same time, for this simple way of life and for the continuous exaltation of everyday life.