Identity & Exile: Pascale

This work is part of a series of Portraits from Paris and London on the theme of identity and exile. 'Pascale' is a narrative sequence of triptych's that use the family photo album as a base. Combined with recent photographs that are shot in and around her apartment in the 10th arrondissement, Paris. The work is semi collaborative, the tone set by Pascale's state of mind, the family album throws up questions about the absence of her Father, the missing image from the picture frame. The beauty of the Canal St Martin as it goes underground near her apartment combines with images in black and white that transform into colour as she looks through to her reflection in the mirror. In this work I was clearly influenced by the early black and white film classics set in Paris such as Hotel du Nord by Marcel Carne.

© 2017 Helen Sheehan