After many summers spent in France with my grandparents as a child, I now call this hexagonal country home. From the north in Picardie to the south near Marseille, these are a collection of analog photographs taken over the span of two years.

From celebrating the World Cup win in 2018 to the revolutionary marches of “Les Gilets Jaunes” it’s been a tumultuous couple of years. The gatherings and protests took place every Saturday for over a year at roundabouts and other public spaces protesting government inaction and reform and sparked violent clashes with police. With 11 deaths and over 4,400 injuries, including lost limbs and sight, it was an uprising not to be taken lightly. Pension related strikes in late 2019 followed and only added heat to the fire of an already tense situation.

In the wake of the first wave of Covid19, summer has arrived and always seems to appease for a short while. It marks the time to regroup and come back for Fall ready to work, revolt, what have you? If one’s lucky, it’s the time to revel in the sculpted countryside, take in the heat along the Seine or the Canal in Paris, and if you’re very lucky, escape to the beach,  mountains, or beyond. ☀︎

July 2018 — July 2020

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