For the past two years I have been photographing portraits of young couples living together in Paris, London and Brighton. I looked into their lives to explore how people relate on an intimate level when living side by side, day by day. I entered the homes of couples and asked them to be part of a story, to narrate a moment within two lovers’ lives when the communication falters and the unity separates.
Paris has been a destination for writers ever since, well, ever since writing narrative fiction became an activity. This city is both subject and object of the books that are written about it. Take the two best-selling books at Shakespeare & Company – The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and A Moveable Feast – in each, the city is both setting and character.
I had rounded the corner onto Dover when a woman took my shoulder as she passed. She led three balloons bobbing on strings. A little girl trailed closely behind. Suddenly, in that moment, everything became you: that little girl, her lemon yellow balloons. The girl was your age – the age you will always be – face to the sky, watching the balloons bounce as she tiptoed the cobbles.
In a film series shot by Sam Gordon for Her Royal Majesty, we interview the artists in residence at 59 Rivoli, after-squat in central Paris. In this film, Mariko Saito talks about her process and her inspirations: animals, childhood, and stars, automatic thinking.
There is a particular feeling of reverence and fear I get when in the presence of greatness.
“Strand’s poems resonate with a shimmering sense of the infinite that befits his stature…His apparently simple lines have the eerie, seductive ring of the inevitable” – New York Times Book Review