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EYES ON MAIN STREET OUTDOOR PHOTO FESTIVAL

‘Eyes’ photographer inspired by light

Posted on December 27, 2021

Updated on December 29, 2021

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French photographer Cedric Roux marked this spot with a pin on Google Earth. It's one of the first places he visited after arriving in Wilson to serve as December's artist-in-residence for the Eyes on Main Street Outdoor Photo Festival.

Cedric Roux | Special to the Times

French photographer Cedric Roux marked this spot with a pin on Google Earth. It's one of the first places he visited after arriving in Wilson to serve as December's artist-in-residence for the Eyes on Main Street Outdoor Photo Festival.

French photographer Cedric Roux captured this scene while serving as December's artist-in-residence for the Eyes on Main Street Outdoor Photo Festival.

Cedric Roux | Special to the Times

French photographer Cedric Roux captured this scene while serving as December's artist-in-residence for the Eyes on Main Street Outdoor Photo Festival.

French photographer Cedric Roux marked this spot with a pin on Google Earth. It's one of the first places he visited after arriving in Wilson as December's artist-in-residence for the Eyes on Main Street Outdoor Photo Festival.

Cedric Roux | Special to the Times

French photographer Cedric Roux marked this spot with a pin on Google Earth. It's one of the first places he visited after arriving in Wilson as December's artist-in-residence for the Eyes on Main Street Outdoor Photo Festival.

Photographer Cedric Roux,who lives in the heart of Paris, spent the month of December in Wilson as artist-in-residence for the Eyes on Main Street Outdoor Photo Festival.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Photographer Cedric Roux,who lives in the heart of Paris, spent the month of December in Wilson as artist-in-residence for the Eyes on Main Street Outdoor Photo Festival.

Photographer Cedric Roux took this picture at the Wilson County Courthouse while serving as December's artist-in-residence for the Eyes on Main Street Outdoor Photo Festival.

Cedric Roux | Special to the Times

Photographer Cedric Roux took this picture at the Wilson County Courthouse while serving as December's artist-in-residence for the Eyes on Main Street Outdoor Photo Festival.

French photographer Cedric Roux composed this image during his time in Wilson as artist-in-residence for the  Eyes on Main Street Outdoor Photo Festival.

Cedric Roux | Special to the Times

French photographer Cedric Roux composed this image during his time in Wilson as artist-in-residence for the Eyes on Main Street Outdoor Photo Festival.

French photographer Cedric Roux marked this spot with a pin on Google Earth. It's one of the first places he visited after arriving in Wilson to serve as December's artist-in-residence for the Eyes on Main Street Outdoor Photo Festival.

Cedric Roux | Special to the Times

French photographer Cedric Roux marked this spot with a pin on Google Earth. It's one of the first places he visited after arriving in Wilson to serve as December's artist-in-residence for the Eyes on Main Street Outdoor Photo Festival.

French photographer Cedric Roux captured this scene while serving as December's artist-in-residence for the Eyes on Main Street Outdoor Photo Festival.

Cedric Roux | Special to the Times

French photographer Cedric Roux captured this scene while serving as December's artist-in-residence for the Eyes on Main Street Outdoor Photo Festival.

French photographer Cedric Roux captured this scene while serving as December's artist-in-residence for the Eyes on Main Street Outdoor Photo Festival.
French photographer Cedric Roux marked this spot with a pin on Google Earth. It's one of the first places he visited after arriving in Wilson as December's artist-in-residence for the Eyes on Main Street Outdoor Photo Festival.
Photographer Cedric Roux,who lives in the heart of Paris, spent the month of December in Wilson as artist-in-residence for the Eyes on Main Street Outdoor Photo Festival.
Photographer Cedric Roux took this picture at the Wilson County Courthouse while serving as December's artist-in-residence for the Eyes on Main Street Outdoor Photo Festival.
French photographer Cedric Roux composed this image during his time in Wilson as artist-in-residence for the  Eyes on Main Street Outdoor Photo Festival.
French photographer Cedric Roux marked this spot with a pin on Google Earth. It's one of the first places he visited after arriving in Wilson to serve as December's artist-in-residence for the Eyes on Main Street Outdoor Photo Festival.

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Parisian photographer Cedric Roux said he looks forward to returning to Wilson to see the city’s evolution.

The 39-year-old spent the month of December as artist-in-residence for the Eyes on Main Street Outdoor Photo Festival.

Self-taught, Roux decided to take pictures for a living at age 30.

“I was in love with photography, but I never had a real camera,” Roux said. “When I was 30, lots of friends offered me a trip to New York and a camera. So the incentive was there to begin the photography. For me, I have to begin because I have no issues now.”

Roux has visited the United States 12 times in the last nine years. He is fascinated with the U.S. and is currently working on a book about New York.

“This is my country for inspiration,” Roux said. “The United States really inspires me in photography.”

Roux said he’s generally pretty shy, but he finds that carrying a camera makes it easier to converse.

“The camera is a best friend for talking. When I am visiting the United States for photography, every night I am at a dinner and people (are) always asking questions, ‘What are you taking?’ and I say, ‘Everything,’” Roux explained. “It could be a car in the sun, it could be a wall. It could be you, so everything. I just take what catches my eyes.”

Roux said he loves Wilson.

“I was impressed by the people. Everybody told me hello and asked, ‘How are you doing?’” Roux said.

Roux, who lives in the center of Paris, said Parisians aren’t like that.

“It’s like New York. Everybody is going their way and it doesn’t matter about the other people,” Roux said. “I can do portraits here, so I am very happy.”

Roux said he’s taken numerous pictuires that show the city “in a crisis.”

“I saw a lot of empty buildings. I was asking myself what is happening here,” Roux said. “Was it the COVID situation that shut down the stores?”

At the same time, Roux has documented downtown Wilson’s rebirth.

“My walk is really about the light, so I think we can imagine some photographs about births and rebirths,” Roux said. “The portraits I made are good for people. It is not sad portraits because the light is beautiful. So the portraits could be a rebirth thing.”

Roux said it’s interesting to see a city like Wilson through an outsider’s eyes.

“I live in Paris and sometimes I don’t see everything because it’s my home and I see it every day,” he said. “When a person who came from France or Turkey and comes to Wilson, it’s really different from the home, so it is important to have the outside vision about the city where you live.”

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