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Last Days

I just finished the calendar 2013 of the Fundation Achalay (fundation for who I’m working) and almost finalized their book. Finishing a publication is always painful. The last pictures are always the worst and I frequently realize that there is one picture/idea that I would have liked to see, etc… I suppose it’s normal but still wonder if James Nachtway, Paolo Pellegrin or any other top photographer face the same problem or if their experience helps them to deal with the last shots more easily.

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June 2012: Daily life in the Achalay association in San Andres, Peru. [Click on the picture to enlarge it].

A book on my work in Darfur and particularly in Abu Shouk internally displaced persons camp is finally available on Blurb, in two different versions:

It’s a strange feeling to finally see the result of more than two months of hard work and to be aware that I can’t change or add anything now. It is also a bit frustrating to realize that I haven’t taken any decent picture since.

But now that I have a few months before starting my new job (more about that later), maybe it is a good opportunity to travel a bit and to work on a new project. But weirdly, for the first time since… ages, I don’t want to hit the road and would prefer to live for a few weeks at the same place. So if you know someone (association, organisation, school, private, etc…) who could be interested to use my skills (computer science, photography and public relation/communication) in South America (so than I can practice/improve my Spanish), let me know asap. Thanks!

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17 May 2012: Somewhere in the Saône-et-Loire department, France (thanks Bro 😉 )

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01 May 2012: Sitges, next to Barcelona, Spain.

Reloading batteries

Three weeks since my return to Europe but I’m still not really used to it. I had forgot fast internet was daily routine on this side of the world and I’m still enjoying a bit too much walking in the cold and the rain (not to mention skiing).

But the big news is that I finally have a room, a permanent place where I can sleep and store my books/equipment/belongings. As it seems I’ve been a bit nuts in the last months with Amazon and my credit card, I have a nice pile of books to read. I would just like to mention three:

Magnum Contact sheets by Magnum. A great way to (re)discover the work of fantastic Magnum photographers and particularly their way of approaching their subjects. Fascinating.
The suffering of Light by Alex Webb. A beautiful book containing a selection of his best pictures. Simple but so powerful.
Dies Irae by Paolo Pellegrin. Pellegrin became one of my favorite photographer, through his very personal style and vision, mostly in conflict zones. Inspiring.

And if you don’t like reading (and even if you do), then you might want to have a look at the following movies. I don’t want to spoil your pleasure and to write anything about the story so… just watch:

Shame by Steve McQueen.
Drive by Nicolas Winding Refn.

And if you know a way to stop thinking about Shame, let me know. I have been watching it in my mind for a week now (and not just because of Carey Mulligan)…

I usually love to feel lost in places I’m visiting. I never thought I would in my hometown… I wish you all the best for 2012.