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So whilst I’ve been away not only have I not been on holiday I’ve also successfully broken my web site. Jonny, friend, colleague and the sites creator stupidly gave me access to its inner workings. Fool. Why I can’t just sit in the sun and burn like any other Englishman abroad I don’t understand. I am however wearing some moderately ghastly shorts with matching sandals all of which the Brunette seems determined to leave in France. I am not topless.
I have been following the debate in the BJP that surrounds the furore that is “The Afronauts”, a docu-fiction by Cristina de Middel about the Zambian space race. In short there are no photographs that exist from this true historical event so she re-staged them using actors citing the genre “photojournalism”. She also calls herself an artist, which I feel more in keeping personally and she acquits herself well in this interview.
We return to our friends in Brittany as often as is possible, what with work and all, and I’ve been photographing the village of 200 souls as an ongoing project. The chicken farmer, the abattoir, the baker and tomorrow it’s the turn of the dairy farmer. Yes, a busman’s holiday, but I love the French approach to photography, you can find festivals of the stuff in the remotest of places, it is deemed important. Today at the market in Rennes you couldn’t move for smudgers, admittedly it’s a beautiful setting and I can’t blame them, I photographed the photographers, much to their annoyance? On arrival in France I was told my pictures are going to be included in a book about the area, the fee is in a glass in front of me.
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