It’s summer time. A good amount of the Northern hemisphere’s population will enter holiday. There will be traffic, sun and waves, too, rising to drown the daily routine. The trip is part of the decades-old ritual, a transition towards a fantasized reality from where postcards will be sent and landmarks photographed.
The work of the photographers featued captures this ephemeral reality, a transitional time apprehended as a parenthesis in the depths of the imagination and in the labyrinth of emotions. They emphasise certain aspects of the summer time like the mass tourism, the idea of escape from the routine, the concept of journey, the craving for a fantasised reality.
Pretty soon we'll be living Dog Days - historically the period following the heliacal rising of the star Sirius, which Greek and Roman astrology connected with heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck.
That hot and muggy part of the summer between July and August when the heat becomes often unbereable will metaphorically represent the climax of this annual journey. The climax where these seasonal feelings will manifest themselves clearly for a while and then suddenly disappear.
Until next year.
Laurence is a writer, photography critic and curator based in Brooklyn who is focusing on cultural and dystopian issues. She has been a contributor for magazine organisations like MSNBC, Vogue, Newsweek, Blink.la, L’Oeil de la Photographie, The Magnum Foundation, The Guardian, Harper's Bazaar, The Long+Short, and Vice. Besides medias, she has worked on severals book projects world wide (Actes Sud, RecCollective) and curated photography from and about the Middle East and the Mediterranean for French and Turkish institutions (Le Bleu du Ciel, PhotoMed, Christies). Since 2016 she is also a regular contributor for PHmuseum News.