Alice Jacob- Artist’s Statement
Before I shoot (press the shutter), I move in and around my subject. If I have the luxury of time and I ﬁnd a place where I see interesting possibilities, I wait for something visually beguiling to occur. If it does; it is a gift.
Years have sharpened my senses. I form an ‘instant relationship’ with ‘place’ when I intuit that it is right. I can only describe, what for me is the decisive moment, (as Henri Cartier-Bresson declares it to be) is when I get a fuzzy nervous feeling and heightened anticipation.
Since my childhood, I have loved movies and today I see ﬁlms at least once a week. They add an emotional sense of timing to my cache memory and to my intuitive understanding of how I will interpret what I see. What draws me to the subject are the unguarded moments in the visual story; ‘the mise en scene’.
“Look in my heart and you will see, graved inside of it, “Italy.”
He was a French singer, songwriter, poet, composer, artist, actor and director. Born April 2, 1928 and died on March 2, 1991 in Paris, France. He grew up in the 1940s Nazi-occupied Paris. There is a 2010 film about his life: Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life.
On my last trip to Paris, I came across a street that stretched for two blocks of graffiti paintings with love letters in every form, declaring the fans devotion.
I was captivated by the long walls with messages of every kind. Best of all, it was early in the morning and cars were no where in sight. I had full-view and so I moved in close to the wall with my Nikon and what you see is the result. I call this selection: ‘ Obsession’