Once I had photographed children in Paris for a whole month. Basically,
I hadn't been good at taking photos along the certain theme. But I was
gradually accustoming to do it in those days.
However to be honest, I had not meant photographed children at first. I
always could not decide my theme until I actually got to the place.
But for me, nothing go as a plan. After all, my silly stereotype was smashed
into pieces when I was actually there. And what was worse, I came across
brand new theme one after another.
"If I study about the people or country in advance, I could find the
point which should be focused on" I had thought so. But it must not
Actually, the session was my 6th visiting Paris. At the beginning, I thought
to photograph the immigrants, adults in Paris. I knew there are many quarter
of immigrant. However, once I got start taking photo, I got some self accusation.
"Am I doing right thing?"Paris was filled with immigrants. I
could not imagine the city without them. They were so assimilate to the
society or even scenery of Paris. At least I thought so at the moment.
I disgusted myself who was picking up and photographing them as a special
From the reason I changed my theme after spending the first week in Paris.
It's true the immigrants assimilate to the scenery of Paris. But adults
tended to make a group with same culture or nationality. Compare to that,
children's society didn't look like that. They had a good relationships
with their friends who had different back ground. I got some key words
from that. "I shouldn't pick up certain subjects from the society.
I just express the society they assimilate and, at the same time, respect
each child's personality" That's the very concept of my photo work
I finished the photo session successfully. However several years later,
I got shock. Because I saw the news about the riots in Paris. I believed
they, immigrants, completely assimilated to the society. But actually,
they had frustration and even anger to the French government and society.
In spite of taking photos for a whole month, I couldn't see any thing.
I ashamed of that.
The children who became my model, will they come across the social inconsistency
in the future? I think they already know it. I see the photos again thinking
about it. Each child in the photo looks so mature to me.
"Humidity" Paris, France 2001
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