Haven't you been told âit's rude to read someone else's diary'?- but what about looking at the pictures though?
Perou is an internationally acclaimed fashion and portrait photographer who shoots commissions for record companies, ad agencies, pr companies and magazines around the world.
When he first started keeping his written diary online, back in 2002, a lot of people wondered out loud: âdo you think you're special or something?' and âwho's going to want to read YOUR diary?'
Since then blogging has become an international pastime: everyone from celebrities and politicians, office workers and house wives write this way about their lives.Now blogging's been overtaken by tweeting and we're bombarded with minute by minute accounts of what people are up to. disposable diary overload: maybe too much information?
This exhibition is something tangible, physical and still from the fast flowing stream of consciousness. Some moments frozen in time and held in frames to be hung on walls.
Almost ALL photographers keep some kind of online diary or blog these days.Perou writes daily, almost religiously, and posts pictures and words from around the world. These are the pictures behind the commissions, a much more personal, exclusive glimpse to the back story of perou.
The exhibited prints stand alone as ambiguous slices of everyday life: fragments of our ordinary world made extraordinary, seen through perou's eyes. but hidden behind each frame is a torn page from perou's handwritten diary. the âback story' behind the picture. another level for those that seek it: an intimate secret shared.
Perou says his diary is a purely personal project (which he shares with thousands of people online daily) a visual trace of where he's been and who he's seen. More for his sons pleasure than anyone else's.
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