From the back // A research

From the back // A research

It has become difficult to photography people. They are fed up. They want to stay anonymous. They question what i’m gonna do with the picture. Ethical questions: the need people to agree, how a picture can be part of an encounter, be performed… What Ariela Azoulay calls ‘a civil contract’.

What does it become if I take pictures from the back? A free space appears, a very short moment, where I can be close, almost at an intimate distance. What does appear ? Body movement, details, clothes, context… But not the face, not the privacy. ‘Shot from the back and do not show faces, in order to avoid recognition, pursuit and subsequent arrest by Security Forces and their thugs’ [Rabih Mroue, The Pixelated Revolution]. This series is an ongoing process, in various places and countries [New York, Dakar, Ouagadougou, Brussels, Paris, Cotonou, Beyrouth…], in order to see where it takes me in terms of photographic process.