tout le long du mois de janvier, j'ai suivi un cours de photographie incroyable qui a su pousser les limites de mon désir de photographier l'histoire des gens. votre histoire, sans l'influencer. après 4 semaines intenses d'apprentissages, notre dernier devoir était de partager en 20 images ou moins l'histoire de quelqu'un. sans modifier quoi que ce soit, sans influencer l'environnement avant de prendre une photo. se rendre sensible, écouter, et capter ce qui se développe devant soi. déjà photographier de façon si connectée était merveilleux et difficile, mais ensuite, choisir seulement 20 photos sur les 105 que j'aimais, quel défi!
j'ai choisi de photographier mon amie mireille, au studio namaste. je laisse ici, en italique, le texte qui accompagnait mes photos pour mon devoir. vous pourrez mieux saisir pourquoi j'ai choisi de photographier ce moment de sa vie. ne faites pas attention à la qualité de l'anglais, j'ai écrit ce texte en un jet, sans trop me relire. je ne voulais pas que mon esprit pratique vienne l'influencer.
merci mon amie de t'être prêtée au jeu!
For this assignment, I choose to shoot something different than what I am used to: no kids (yet!), no family. I choose to tell the story of my friend Mireille.
First, let’s establish a little background: I have known Mireille for more than 8 years now. We mastered in environmental management together in 2009, and worked in the same building ever since. We are closed friends that don’t see each other much but when we do, we always talk from our hearts and have a deep connection. So we know each other pretty well.
Mireille is a pretty smart girl, working as a biologist for the ministry of Environment for the Quebec government. She has always been a pretty cool and colourful person, but she has never been calm. She sometimes SEEMS calm, but she’s not. You know, her brain is always on speed. She talks fast, walks fast, questions a lot. She analyses too much. She is a bit clumsy and nervous, and used to always bump herself on tables or doorframes while walking. It was like she was not even in her body but only in her brain.
Until the day she discovered yoga.
Something that started as a little sport to stay in shape turned out into a deep passion and practice for her. Now, twice a week during lunch break, Mireille leaves a really drab and stressful office to teach a vinyasa yoga class at a local yoga studio. This is a place where she feels peaceful, quiet. A place where she learned to let go of her agitated self to connect with her true inner person. The first time I went to one of her class, I was blown away by how much she had grown (it has been a while since we had saw each other at this moment). I could feel how much she discovered about herself through this journey. Mostly, she learned to love and accept who she was.
I choose to document the transition between her two work-lives. So different but connected to different parts of her personality. Knowing her as I do, I believed that the transition in-between those two jobs was really important. She uses this moment to get out of a stressful morning full of maths and complicated calculations, to ground herself to achieve a deep state of spiritual and physical connection, a connection she will later communicate to her students. To do so, she preps the studio; prepares tea for the students, does a bit of paper work and changes into confortable clothes. Than, she welcomes the yogis to the class. I think it is all about that transition; those little actions that help her get into herself as a yoga teacher and not as a biologist. And you have to know that this lady LOVES her rituals!
Now pregnant with her first child, there is a sense of calm and plenitude that emanates from her. Something special that wasn’t there before. And watching her convey her passion for yoga to her students is truly beautiful. Not to say that the class she teaches is pretty hard so it is stunning to see a pregnant lady so strong and connected with her body. This is a very unique season of her life, and I am grateful to have been there to capture it.