SILENCE

2010 (selected work)

 

I was in Square Louise-Michel, near Eglise du Sacré Coeur in Paris, helping a friend for a photo shoot. It was quiet. Suddenly, a group of religious men appeared, chatting and walking around. They were curious and we started to have a conversation about photography and my fascination for Catholic imagery. I told them I was interested in taking pictures of them in private, and follow them in their daily routine.

They accepted. Just one day.

This series is about my immersion in their lives, in a very simple and honnest way, on this monday the 25th of October 2010. I didn't know them, they didn't know me. They only knew that I am not a believer and that I never been so close to religious people ever. Maybe that's why they accepted me, because I was sincere and totally different, as a woman, a non believer, an artist... Opening their door was also opening themselves and let me look at them, with a totally different perception. I just wanted to catch their silence, the inner silence within their routine, and experience mine through their world. I learned that sometimes, beyond religion, the best way to be is to be in silence and let things coming and going in their simpliest way.