Also, what fed into it was my decision to take some time out from just generating more images. This enabled me to reflect on why I was doing what I do and gain an important perspective on it.
The Paris Project grew out of this.
(I also gained more clarity on what I wanted to do with my subsequent Creuse book. Top marks to Gigi in La Celle Dunoise for suggesting a 2023 publication date!
But that’s another story . . .)
Anyway, last April, I spent 3 days photographing the 15th arrondissement (district) my mum’s last address before she came to the UK, and the base for my week’s exploring Paris when I was 15 (1967, to save you working it out!)
A couple of colleagues had recently suggested I write more about my photography. I had never been really into this, but I set about trying to create an image log, discussing each image.
This really did help clarify my thoughts about what I was doing + why. For example, the image above didn’t make the first edit but emerged after being written about. Having time is a luxury!
I also wrote an introduction – the first draft was a disaster – a messy amalgam of notes! Then I realised I had to explain the purpose of the work. Hopefully it is clearer now.
I’ve included this below. It runs to several pages but if you have the time + inclination I’d be really interested in your thoughts + feedback: