My book photo project came about by accident. I had taken a photo of a French girl who was reading a book in the sunset under the George-Étienne Cartier Monument in Mount Royal Park when the free festival takes place on Sundays. It is a time when people at the park gather to play drums called “Tam Tams”. Despite the noise of the people and the drums, the girl was immersed in her book. The project developed when I recognized that the majority of people in our culture are connected to their smartphones rather than books. Following this idea, my research showed a study indicating that reading reduces stress by 68 percent more than listening to music, having a cup of tea, or taking a walk. Further, my research showed that, according to the NOP World Culture Score Index, people in the U.S. spend 10 times more time watching TV than reading.
As a multidisciplinary artist, documentary photography is my preferred tool to show artistic feelings about people's lives. To augment my documentary photography, I bought a Hasselblad a medium format film camera in 2019, the camera used for this book project. It provides the flexibility required for this type of photography.
The pleasure of reading a book is far removed from the blue light of television screens or the screens of smartphones. It is with this knowledge; I present my book project showing people in Montreal continue to have a connection to books.