Hi there ! My name is Alice, I am a writer and freelance professional photographer from Paris (France) and based in Brighton (East Sussex, UK). I am currently in the first year of my PhD on Photoliterature at the University of Brighton.
I graduated from Concordia University (Montréal, Québec, Canada) in June 2018 with a BA in Western Society and Culture - taught within the Liberal Arts College. During this time, I worked as an Editor and Content Writer for the French student magazine, L'Organe, slowly developing my practice as a writer in a creative environment that challenged my creativity.
Still in Montréal, I took a gap year during which I completed a one-year diploma in Professional Photography, before moving to Brighton (East Sussex, UK) to do a Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Brighton.
I first picked up a camera while on a trip to India with my family. Although it was originally to follow my interest in architecture and art, I quickly realised the people were the ones who interested me the most. Their day-to-day lives, activities, the authenticity of their facial expressions and body language made for joyful and colourful photographs, and this fascination grew with every trip I made to South Asia.
To this day, even though my practice as a photographer has evolved in more ways that I ever thought it would, I still look back on those photographs and see the foundation of who I became as an artist.
I enjoy more than anything else capturing the human body, in all its shapes and colours, in all its possibilities, whether it is through dance, portraits or fashion and body painting. My work sees the human bodies and faces as canvases for emotions and art, something that I often try to link to writing.
It is with this idea in mind that I am currently working towards a PhD in Photoliterature within the University of Brighton.
Photoliterature is the act of bringing together photography and literature in such a way that they are inextricably linked - such as the practice that I am developing, in which I write my own short stories, poetry and/or excerpts from my novel on the bodies of my models.
WRITE ME A NOVEL
Write me a Novel is a project based on the idea that the writer is never alone in the creation of their work, but instead accompanied by the characters making their life and helping with the making of their artwork and, finally, the reader. Based on a short story of autofiction called You can go anywhere in Paris in under 30 minutes, the project revolves around the lives of three women who ultimately become one. Each woman has her own chapter and model, and each of them interact both on paper and in front of the camera. Although this short story will not be published, the viewer will be able to hear extracts from it, as well as discover the parts that were painted on the bodies in the photographs. We are thus making up new beginnings and endings with which to play with and write new stories – something that the viewer will be able to do in the ‘feedback’ section of the exhibition.