You can be whoever you want in Canada. In fact you can totally reinvent yourself. By immersing myself in other people’s realities, I take on the lives I could potentially have there, as if I were the person embodied in each photograph. Sometimes my real life on the other side of the world catches up with me. On one occasion my partner saw me on Facebook, fondly holding hands with a beautiful woman in a VW Campervan. She definitely wasn’t happy and called right away to let me know exactly how she felt.
Pépita Car from the French Embassy in Canada has driven this project with her contagious enthusiasm and overwhelming energy. Without hesitation, Pépita knocked on strangers’ doors to ask them to get involved in the project, to give an hour or two of their precious time out in the freezing cold, to lend me the clothes off their backs and the shoes off their feet. To my astonishment, the Canadians, generous and patient, always replied, “Sure! Why not?”
I would like sincerely to thank all the 378 individuals and organisations who made this adventure possible: All those who gave us their time and energy, along with their gardens, homes, offices, cars, canoes or forests. The KissKissBankers who collectively produced this book with a click of a mouse. The producers, designers, directors, printers, editors and trailblazers who toiled behind the scenes to create this book. Special thanks are due to the team at the French Embassy in Canada who had the idea for this project and stuck to their guns through thick and thin to carry it through to the end.