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Jérôme Lorieau

From England With Love

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Le projet From England with Love explore les contrastes sociaux de la société anglaise.

Composé de plusieurs séries, chacune d'entres elles documentent la culture d'un lieu, d'un événement et à travers ses moments de vie, ses codes sociaux. Elles confrontent les différences sociales d'un pays à la fois, communautariste, extravagant, progressiste et traditionnel, et les différences culturelles d'une population encore très attaché à l'origine de sa classe sociale. 

Il est aussi, un peu, l'expression d'une société divisé culturellement et socialement, et dont la moitié de la population a décidé en juin 2016 de se séparer de la communauté européenne pour faire le choix du protectionnisme et du conservatisme.

When I arrived in Bristol in 2011, I was already familiar with England. The main reason is that my family in law lives there. It is a country that I had the pleasure of discoveringg many times through various journeys. However, I had never had the opportunity to explore and observe England in any depth.
This project came into existance as I was editing my work. I became aware of the unique and appealing character of the country and its people. Fascinated by some of the places, I left my French eyes looking at my new environment, new atmospheres and social codes.
Then I felt the need to get closer to England?s contrasts and traditions. I wanted to immerse myself in places and events that in some way reveal the ?unique British character?. I could have called this series ?A Frenchman in England? but I was not interested in showing the typical and historical stereotypes. I prefered to see my photographs both like unconventional postcards and instants with no judgement about my subjects. I wanted to keep my mind free leaving aside thoughts about my project and my aims.
Then a quote came to my mind. One that is usually written on the back of some postcards, ?From England with Love?.