When my mom married my step-dad, I was almost 13 and just before my birthday we moved from Paris to the Netherlands. I had to leave behind some incredible friends at the time – people I had been with non-stop since the day I turned 9 as part of a special schooling arrangement called “classe à horaires aménagés” – for children who the Conservatoire thought showed some promise musically. How I ended up there always felt like a bit of a fluke if not a mistake but the friends I made were extraordinary. I don’t know if it was linked to our age, to our amazing teachers both in school and at the conservatory or to the demanding workload (after all, there’s nothing like performing on stage in an orchestra and a choir to teach you how to work together) but there was a bond between us that went much deeper as a whole class than anything any of us has experienced before or after. When I left, I was heartbroken. I was losing my life and my amazing friends. I knew that once we had exchanged a few letters in the first year, the reality was I would never see or hear from most of those kids again – there was no internet back then!
So I find it truly amazing that I became friends with Bérengère when we were 9 and that we still are today, 30 years later. Thank you facebook! 😉
She recently came to visit. I photographed her – she turned 40 a few months ago and it’s not the only milestone for her this year worth capturing – and celebrating. She had brought tons of props. I have so many photos – and some I’m keeping under wrap for now as they’re part of bigger projects I’m working on. The only thing I’m thinking of mentioning is that none of the effects/textures achieved here on certain photographs are photoshopped – it was all done in camera, I just did different weird things to my lens as you can see here when I previewed a few other photographs from this shoot 🙂
So here’s to my friend, to the year she turned 40 and to the future she’s creating for herself – may it be as beautiful as the person she is.