"LIVING UNDER SOUTH STREET" par Jonathan ELDERFIELD. Editions Kehrer Verlag Heideberg. 2003. Imprimé en Allemagne. in-8 format oblong, couverture toilée grise sous jaquette photo. Texte bilingue anglais / allemand, illustré de 54 reproductions photographiques noir & blanc pleine page, certaines en double page. "A small group of people are sitting at the edge of the park: four women and one man, all middle-aged but looking older. They are sitting on a wall or in lawn chairs, just relaxing as the sun goes down behind the trees at the end of a long summer day. They smoke cigarettes and chat. One of them fiddles with a new cell phone. Another tells me: "This is our side of the park. That side, it's the Asians - over there the blacks. But this is our side." I went to South Philly not to create a traditional documentary photo essay, but to discover the people of the neighborhood and allow myself to be led by what I saw and felt. Most photo essays begin with a preconceived idea of story or place. They require certain rules to be followed: a scene-setting photograph, then detail shoots, family life, community events, and so on. My only rule was that I would photograph exclusively in South Philly, and that anything I photographed would tell my story of the place. I discovered that after more than one year of photographing, I had indeed covered some of the traditional stops for a documentary photo essay, but I had arrived there by a different route and developed a new way of working..."
Dissiper les brumes de mon esprit
Devenues fumées blanches évanescentes
Coups de crayon et dessins aux contours incertains
crevant le bleu du ciel
Distraction d’une oisiveté insoumise
En hommage aux horizons intranquilles