Ciao Phil, how are you?
I’m fine, thanks!
What is photography for you?
Photography is my personal way to comprehend our world. It is almost therapeutic. It allows me to match images with names of distant places. It is my way to engage with my contemporaries and to quench my thirst of curiosity about this world. Photography allows me to meet diverse human beings, from refugees to religious pilgrims, from citizens of Hermit kingdoms to trainspotters, from Northern Soul music fans to human rights protesters, from my home region of Brittany in France all the way up to North Korea!
What is The Great Fence of China about?
The Great Fence of China is part of a larger body of work where I look at our relationship to frontiers. I am fascinated by the futility of borders and how much they dictate our existence in this global village we live in. In 2013 Chinese authorities erected new fences along its border with North Korea to prevent refugees crossing into China; by mid-2013 miles of barbed-wire fencing had been installed along a stretch of river dividing the two countries, sharply reducing the number of people escaping the isolated state into China. My series documents the new landscapes created by the addition of yet another man made frontier.