A small selection of images taken from my series of portraits of Madame Alice De Borgher.
I met Alice a couple of years ago, she lives above my parent in-laws in Porte de-Clingnancourt, Paris – Alice is 98 and still very much involved with her local community and very passionately politically engaged - she’s lived through World War II and was part of the French resistance in Lille - of which she has countless incredible stories to tell, many of which I have documented in short documentary that will eventually sit alongside the photographs.
“By moving through space with a detailed alertness to innate movements and its fluid like properties, I am able to deeply feel each moment as it passes through me.
And by moving slowly in a public space, I am offering a gentle alternative to the repetition of our inherited cultural pace.
I am an urban dervish, slow Sufi superhero, here to protect against the dangers of rushing through life.”
For the Phoenix Gallery Open Studios I shot a mini series of portraits that was originally to be based on the world ‘KIpple’ “useless objects that reproduce themselves when nobody’s around” (a word coined by Philip K Dick) instead it ended up being a series of around 60 anonymous portraits of hands, with items that either meant something to that person or just the contents of their pockets. The resulting images offer a small window into their habits, likes, tastes and quirks..