Shot in Avignon, Nimes, Arles and Uzés in the south of France, this is a series of double exposures. Made on site, in camera, they are photographic collages of traditional French doors and streets. I am curious about the way architecture influences our behaviour and when I moved to France I noticed in particular how private domestic life is. In urban settings, solid doors and shuttered windows reveal nothing of the life within.
Rich with pattern, shifts of light cast on stone and wood, these streets are composed of buildings that wear their exteriors like we wear clothing. Each one is unique; personal yet ambiguous as to the story behind the facade. The door is a threshold, but it is also an integral architectural component of these streets. Layered together, the camera creates painterly compositions of the private nature of these public streets.

LA RUE /
LA PORTE






JOANNA C. JOHNSTON 2020