Le Pic Entre Deux Ports.
Photographs by Grégory Valton.
Les Editions Poursuite, 2011. 32 pp., 23 color illustrations, 5¾x7½".
In 2008, Dans la Neige (In The Snow) was published, a return to the town of Luz in the Pyrenees, the birthplace of my mother, who had died 10 years earlier. In 2009
I was welcomed and began a residency in the very same town. Le Pic Entre Deux Ports (The Peak Between Two Ports) is the second chapter of this story.
These are the things left unsaid surrounding the death of my mother and the difficulty of expressing the memories I have of her. The thoughts translate into photographs both more open and internalized. Mingling with these images are family photographs that reinforce the timelessness of the place and permit me to see other facets of my mother, and so to compensate for her absence.
In Le pic entre deux ports, I have embarked on a voyage where the impressions left by family memories confront a centuries old landscape. These images incorporate the ties between the past, the present, and the departed.