This Project is based on the 15th Arrondissement in SW Paris. Apart from the Eiffel tower on its NW edge it is an unremarkable, truly Parisian part of the capital. The last French address my mum had was here.
This work is heavily informed by the writings of Patrick Modiano (notably "The Search Warrant", originally published as "Dora Bruder" in France) who explored the unravelling of a fragmented, lateral narrative of memory, abandonment and loss (of people, stories, and history).
This resonates with my early visits to Paris with my (French) mother and specifically a week in 1967 when I had a week to kill before a trip for the summer with a French family. That week was spent walking and looking. I had no camera but do believe that week gave me the space and time to look, to start to learn how to actively 'see'. Then, years later, I became a photographer.
Last spring I spent 3 days in the 15th arrondissement in Paris, walking, looking and photographing. The project is by no means over but below is a selection of images from those 4 days.
This has now developed into 'Searching For Your Shadow' a photobook exploration on memory, my mum, family and my relationship with Paris over the years.