The series of photographs are of an area behind the Montparnasse train station in Paris. This area where I lived has been, in part, demolished since.
Sadness was with me when walking along the streets, inside buildings and, at the same time, a certain pleasure to think I could testify of that time which will be no more.
I look at the images as a representation of change when I left my birth country, France, to come to live in Australia.
When I left France, my memory had a bank of images, memories of Paris and other places. On a journey back to France, certain things changed, what I thought I new or I could remember was not always recognisable.
I have changed too, from living in Australia, another country, other customs, another culture, but I thought Paris would not change. My memory was altered by experiencing two cultures. These images of streets, buildings which don’t exist are a symbol of the displacement from one country to another: time transforms our physical environment as much our emotional.