Quiet stories, outtakes, field poetry, exploration, surprise encounters. On foot, living the questions.
Coffee with Pierre Spitaly
Jeunes et Fauchés
Most of these early photographs were made from 1996-2001, a time when I was learning a lot first hand and photography was still all discovery; I had yet to do an assignment or publish a photo. I just wanted to make pictures of people I loved or friends I wanted to remember. I was making up my life as I went along, without a prescribed path to follow. I am still doing this. I used to be very nostalgic, I'm not so much anymore. Carole Maso in a book of essays talks about the camera as a "nostalgia machine". I like this, but only as in Kundera: “The Greek word for "return" is nostos. Algos means "suffering." So nostalgia is the suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return.”
Now I see photography as a way to focus intensely on the Present moment as it unfolds, which is all that really exists.
And I think of photography as Kapuscinski thought of writing: "Sometimes, in describing what I do, I resort to the Latin phrase silva rerum - the forest of things, as I've seen it, living and traveling in it. To capture the world you have to penetrate it as completely as possible. As a writer, you have experienced this event in your own skin, and it is your experience…that gives your story its coherence - it is what is at the center of the forest of things. It is terribly important to have what I write authenticated by its being lived. You could call it, I suppose, personal reportage, because the author is always present. I call it literature by foot."