Church Cult & Macabre is the name of Adrien Boissonnot’s photographic project. This is a collection of film photographs constantly enriched by the photographer's new discoveries and aimed at highlighting the beauty, often ignored, of our religious and funerary heritage. The inevitably slow process of film photography here echoes the passing of time, the inevitable death that resonates in these places.
Born in 1986 in the west of France, Adrien moved to Paris to study graphics, communication and multimedia. After 4 years at the Estienne school and 1 year at the Sorbonne, he has worked for 15 years as a digital artistic director in an agency. He is also an illustrator under the name Satan Sanctus.
In addition to his work as an illustrator, Adrien Boissonnot has been practicing film photography for many years. His favorite subjects are landscapes, places of worship and cemeteries. It was only from 2020 that the Church Cult & Macabre project became formalized with the creation of a dedicated Instagram account. In 2021 he moved to Nantes where the proximity of the Miséricorde cemetery, the “Père Lachaise of Nantes”, allows him to devote himself fully to this project. Since then, the photos that feed Church Cult & Macabre constitute the majority of his films.
Through his photographs, Adrien Boissonnot seeks to capture the ephemeral and immortalize the passage of time to sublimate the sometimes strange and incongruous forgotten heritage, which constitutes our history and which tells of our societal relationship to death.