➔ PORTRAIT PHOTO SERIES / Artistic direction, communication / Aug. 2022-in process
Personnal project with Juliette Alhmah (→ link)
« I am from La Creuse »
Usually, after I say this, I get a bunch of reactions; confusion, mockery, and even astonishment. Juliette Alhmah, who worked on this project with me, also grew up in this region of France. La Creuse is a big void in the middle of France. Nothing much goes on, and nothing much will go on. We left the region after High School to travel, pursue our studies, and get out of our hometown.
Camera: Mamiya C330
Folder in process
After getting out, we soon realized that many young people's lifestyle in La Creuse was not enough. They weren’t pushed to pursue an education and were often left to work the region's only jobs: agriculture and health. On top of that, travel was minimal. Many people don’t have the means to obtain a driver's license, and public transport is measly compared to its urban counterparts. Due to the recent Covid-19 pandemic, the already stressed medical resources have been put under an even more enormous strain.
So after researching and seeing how the youth in our home region are so disadvantaged, Juliette and I have started building a series of documentary-style portraits. Each photographic series is designed to reveal each young person's universe. This series aims to draw several images of what La Creuse’s youth looks like and will show those conditions simply, neutrally, and authentically.
We have also conducted interviews to support these photographs so they can explain their link with this region we are all from. In the future, we would love to exhibit this project in a gallery so that a wider audience can learn and interact with it.