Raymond Clement

“To see is to hear...” Larry Nylund wrote in large letters in the Reno Evening Gazette when describing the exposition, at the University of Nevada, “The Family of Jazz” — a unique collection of pictures by Raymond Clement from the jazz world. The first great event was the legendary Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1970 in Wiltz, Luxembourg. Since then the collection has been traveling throughout the world: California, Texas and New York, Nancy, Reims, Warsaw, Moers, Berlin, Brussels and Athens. Since 1980, in his photographs of nature and of landscapes, and with his professional 4’x5’, 8‘x10’ and panoramic cameras, Raymond Clement has translated this “to see is to hear” into “to see is to feel” (during which time he switched from black-and-white to colour, and then into digital photography). He owes his international success to his nearness to nature, which he not only can see but also hear and feel: with sensitivity he translates nature’s unique vibrations, signs and sounds into images that are now visible to others. Raymond Clement has published a dozen volumes of photographs. He is the official photographer of the nature parks in Luxembourg and of the nature park in the nearby Eifel. His large-format pictures adorn hospitals, retirement homes, offices and private houses; they illustrate annual reports and appear on calendars. Raymond Clement: “Sometimes I linger for hours at the same place and wait . . . I don’t know exactly what I’m waiting for . . . and suddenly it comes to me: just turn around! And then the most beautiful scene plays itself out before my eyes.” Further: “In these landscapes each can let his imagination run free; nature confers leisure and space for dreams, in which adults may become children again and where the hidden becomes visible.” Whoever contemplates Raymond Clement’s photographs gains access to what’s hidden.