Benches

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Here I share a collection of photographs taken in London parks, gardens or along the river Thames… The benches I captured became symbols of my healing journey. They used to be the meeting points with nature, charging stations for my all too fragile being. They guided my steps and shared their energy drawn from the roots of the trees they were sharing the ground with, from the feathers left behind by the inhabitants of the air, from the vibrancy of the flowers, from the gaze of the statues. They appeared in the right place, at the right time, like a lighthouse on a trip into an uncharted territory. As I captured them with my camera, I shared back my enchantment, my gratitude, my renewed energy. It’s the least I could do. 

Battersea Park, Hampstead Heath, Regent’s Park, Holland Park, Temple, Paddington Street


La traversée de la maladie, m’a fait chercher les bancs sur mon chemin, afin de retrouver mes forces, lorsque je m’aventurais hors de chez moi… Ils ont été des phares dans mon recouvrement et je leur dois d’avoir pu compter sur eux et me « pauser » pour reprendre mon souffle.

À Londres, il y en a partout…dans les parcs, dans les jardins, au bord de la Tamise… Quelle chance pour moi d’avoir pu vivre dans cette ville et d’y avoir puiser le courage et la force pour remarcher…de plus en plus longtemps…de plus en plus loin de chez moi…m’appuyant sur l’énergie que les bancs me redonnaient…comme des compagnons fidèles sur ma route !

Leurs emplacements furent importants…vues paisibles si souvent offertes…observation de la nature et des animaux qui l’animent…j’ai adoré les débusquer au détour d’un chemin, ou me sautant aux yeux de manière inattendue ! Des surprises, des émerveillements, des moments d’apaisement…tous ces cadeaux somptueux que ces bancs chéris m’ont offert et j’en suis pleine de gratitude !

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