The Creuse Region
There is a fierce sense of pride in France's regions, none moreso than:
The Creuse department is in the Limousin region in central France, currently on the northern tip of Nouvelle Aquitaine. It is named after the River Creuse which flows through the department.
The department and its uplands and ravines form the beginnings of the foothills of the Massif Central, further to the east. The area is mainly agricultural. The brown Limousin cattle which populate the fields are world famous for the quality of beef they produce.
As well as its spectacular beauty the Creuse is also economically deprived, being one of the poorest regions in modern France.
As a family, we have a small second home there and have visited several times a year since 2007 and hope the work shown addresses some of the complexities of modern rural French life.
The images are generally static and avoid the dramatic.
There is no attempt to be romantic or nostalgic about the subject, but the hope is to create a cumulative sense of place.
This has formed the basis for my photobook project 'Confluence' where I mined my archive of images made over the past 16 years. Close to where we have a small second home there is indeed a confluence of the rivers Creuse and Petite Creuse, where Monet painted in th elate 1890s.