Travelogue / Tunisia-Paris / Tunisian Traditional Fabrics

Quick detail of some Tunisian traditional costumes. Incredible colours, materials and just, overall, incredible craftsmanship!

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Photographs taken as part of my research trip for two exciting projects – La Route des Oliviers and ROBAA, Roads of Bones and Ashes. The later is a multi-platform writing & photography/film project with my father, prof. Michel Peterson. It’s about the history of mass crimes, spectrality, and the individual and collective transmission of great traumas, from our very own human and personal perspective. It’s now online (in French only for now) at www.robaa.org

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Travelogue / Tunisia-Paris / The Man by the Sea

I wake up early in the morning, wanting to catch the sunrise before we leave. The street across the hotel, directly by the water, is completely empty until a few hours later. So I stroll around, snap various moments of the sun’s rise – the sky starts darker, as it would, tangled blues and deep oranges, slowly giving way to yellow oranges and soft pinks until the sky blues arise. By the building on the tip of the rocks, a bicycle rests against a low-rising wall, I photograph it. And then around the corner its owner. There is a man watching the sea at sunrise. He doesn’t smoke, doesn’t talk, he just leans agains the building for long minutes, certainly thinking about something, but impossible to know what. And for me, for an instant, he becomes a character, is part of a scene, he is the man who watches the sea as the sun rises.

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Photographs taken as part of my research trip for two exciting projects – La Route des Oliviers and ROBAA, Roads of Bones and Ashes. The later is a multi-platform writing & photography/film project with my father, prof. Michel Peterson. It’s about the history of mass crimes, spectrality, and the individual and collective transmission of great traumas, from our very own human and personal perspective. It’s now online (in French only for now) at www.robaa.org

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Travelogue / Tunisia-Paris / Frankfurt Dawn

The sun also rises as we wait for our plane from Frankfurt to Tunis, where our adventure will start, and the marks and lines, trajectories, destinations, meticulously planned but mystical, indecipherable mostly.

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Photographs taken as part of my research trip for two exciting projects – La Route des Oliviers and ROBAA, Roads of Bones and Ashes. The later is a multi-platform writing & photography/film project with my father, prof. Michel Peterson. It’s about the history of mass crimes, spectrality, and the individual and collective transmission of great traumas, from our very own human and personal perspective. It’s now online (in French only for now) at www.robaa.org

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Untitled (April Evenings)

to speak the truth,
and scream atop one’s lungs, and listen –

I choose to play, and get hurt,
knowingly, to believe in things that were nameless still,
to imagine futures in the present

and now, life cards laid out, open handedly,
I must reconcile these images with my current condition

and as I think I pause,
as
the piano resounds in the living room – someone else plays –
a reminder of the subtle beauty of things,
of lovers lost, moments fallen, of pasts

and as we decay, the question remains as to whether pasts or futures
would hurt us further

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Globe Sonore, an Amazing Online Radio

Just discovered this beautiful online radio station (in French) through my dad, who was invited to speak there about his new book L’Instant du Danger (Éditions du Passage). I absolutely love Globe Sonore’s graphic interface and commitment to creating arts-oriented, experimental radio content (FYI, they also have a podcast). Big, big thumbs up and thank you for having the courage of doing something like this! Visit Globe Sonore HERE.

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Travelogue / Tunisia-Paris / When Jean Nouvel meets Zaha Hadid

Architectural photographs of the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, France. The main building, designed by Jean Nouvel and inaugurated in 1987, features a façade of diaphragms – similar to those in photo lenses – that respond to the sun by contracting and expanding depending on light levels; across the parkette, a (con)temporary building commissioned by fashion brand Chanel and designed by Zaha Hadid is all topography and curves, futuristic in its inherently incomprehensible yet harmonious form, deposited gently on the site. Having loved the play between these two buildings, I thought I would share these few photographs.

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From the Heart

I began making films about eight years ago. It seemed like all the doors were open to me then, like the only limit may be what I wanted to do next. It was so incredibly exciting.

But I went through university and, slowly, reality settled in. I’ve aged a bit. I’m no longer the youngest person on set, or in most projects I work on. I’ve lost a lot of hair and gained quite some weight, and moved from Montreal to Toronto.

What I have now is film. It’s made a world of difference in my life. I went from being a student, to being a photographer, then a videographer, a freelancer, a small business owner and now, in some way, a ‘real’ cinematographer.

I’ve been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to travel around the world over the years, and I’d like to think I know a little something about the world now, and about the human condition. I don’t know all that much, but one thing that life/art has taught me is that things never get any easier, and that even if they do, they are, in fact, complexifying, which also becomes more difficult. But I’ve also learned that there is beauty in chaos.

I’ve gone through a lot professionally and personally in the last three years. Maybe it’s because I’m heartbroken and because I feel I’ve lost the love of my life, but I have some ‘new’ doubts right now. I want to keep telling stories because that’s one of the only things I know how to do, but I’m not sure for how much longer. It’s not a negative thing necessarily, and I probably will keep doing this anyway, but there’s a slight chance I may not. There are so many interesting occupations, professions, vocations, and filmmaking is but one.

You should know that I think this craft of mine is a beautiful form of expression. Choosing to be an artist is noble. But if you truly do decide to become an artist – one that cares deeply about what beauty is, what it can signify – everything will always be hard. It’s difficult to be happy when faced with imperfection. Being an image-maker, a storyteller, is a difficult route, one that breaks you from within everyday.

This isn’t a story I’m trying to tell, it’s just a way for me to let go for an instant. There’s so much going on inside me, and I figured I would share a fraction of it, because other people – close or far – may feel these internal tensions too, about the meaning of what their doing, and the strain that comes with the choice of an artistic career.

Ultimately, while I certainly don’t feel I have much artistic legitimacy yet, I’m trying to develop something, albeit slowly. I’m still searching for stories to tell, and for ways to tell them, and I owe thanks to the countless wonderful people that have been there alongside the road. I hope that some of the work I put out makes a tiny bit of a difference in your lives. You can’t make films if you don’t live life, and my days are spent with you – for this I thank you.

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