If you are feeling disappointed of your summer stay on the Adriatic Sea’s overcrowded beaches or you don’t want to recall your endless queueing to try a cookie dough ice cream on the Boulevard de la Croisette, think twice for your next holiday destination. If you imagine your summer break to be a mix of long walks through wheat fields, bohemian dinners under Chinese lanterns, and purple evening sky, Solène Ballesta might be your next holiday planner. In her work called “Nature Boy”, the photographer captures the most resourcing summer place to be: nature. Depicting a bucolic environment is commonplace for sure but she brilliantly challenges temporality while propelling us into a 19th pastoral melancholia and raises our collective oversight for a simple lifestyle. The Provençal santon silhouette – a wicker basket, a large circular straw hat, and a loose white shirt – is essentially the answer to simplicity we were lacking of. “In the intimacy of fields and forests, we’ve imagined a tale of a nature boy wandering under the summer sun. Like a living dream and all the oddities it involves,” Solène Ballesta confesses.

 

Hat JACQUEMUS, Shirt ZARA, Trousers BOTTOM UP

Hat JACQUEMUS, Shirt ZARA

 

Hat JACQUEMUS, Pullover BURTON, Trousers ZARA

Hat JACQUEMUS, Pullover BURTON, Trousers ZARA

 

Bag LOUIS VUITTON, Trousers STE NOUVELLE MANUCENTRE, Top ZARA

 

 Trousers STE NOUVELLE MANUCENTRE, Top ZARA

Jumpsuit ARO, Wellington Boots AIGLE

 

Tracksuit LE COQ SPORTIF, Socks NIKE, Sneakers ADIDAS

Jacket FOREVER 21, T-shirt H&M

Jacket, Glasses and Hat FOREVER 21, T-shirt H&M, Trousers 123

Jacket LESLIE FAY, Shirt RODIER, Trousers ZARA

 

Jacket LESLIE FAY, Shirt RODIER, Trousers ZARA

Coat CANDA, Crop Top SIXT JUNE, Underwear MUCH UNDERWEAR

 

Coat CANDA, Crop Top SIXT JUNE, Underwear MUCH UNDERWEAR

 

 

Photography SOLÈNE BALLESTA, Styling THÉO AUDOIRE, Model THÉO AUDOIRE