Still Life – Peppers and Flowers, L’Ile-sur-la-Sorgue Market, Provence
Lavender, L’Ile-sur-la-Sorgue Market, Provence
Cheese and Pig, Coustellet Market, Provence
Bar de L’Arquet, L’Ile-sur-la-Sorgue, Provence
Door, Gordes, Provence
Empty Chair, Gordes, Provence
Table With a View, Ménerbes, Provence
The best souvenirs are memories. These images are my attempt at recapturing the faded, blurred, but somehow still vivid, mental pictures I took in Toulon, France as a student many years ago. I remember my friend Carol telling me how her mother counseled her to take mental pictures of everything she saw in France. We were sitting on the beach in Toulon at the time, staring out at the sailboats. With a Holga and good old fashioned film I tried to recreate my mental pictures – mes souvenirs. I wanted to try to record the effects of time on my memories. The Holga – with all its quirks and imperfections – allowed me to incorporate all the fuzziness and overlapping imagery of my memories with all the years of dreams now all mixed up with those memories. The two – memory and dream – now indistinguishable.