Brigitte Grignet

Photographer
 
Here & Now
Location: Liege, Belgium
Nationality: Belgian/American
Biography: Brigitte Grignet is a Belgian photographer focusing in a more personal type of documentary photography. She studied photography at the International Center of Photography in New York, where she lived for 15 years. She worked with Mary Ellen Mark... read on
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Here & Now
Credits: brigitte grignet
Date of Work: 07/01/08 - Ongoing
Updated: 10/21/18
Within me, I have childhood memories and frozen moments. From evenings spent looking at family albums, these fragments of life remain. I know the anecdotes by heart, and the adventures behind every single picture. The border between the stories my mother used to tell us and those I have created on my own seems to be slipping away. Where are my memories?

I have always been obsessed with the passage of time and I have a futile wish to arrest it. This desire springs from my fear of the temporary, which is an acute insight into life’s precariousness. When I first picked up a camera, my motivation was to write a diary of images so that all of those moments and memories could not escape. During these privileged moments I feel that there is no space for intermediate feelings. I feel alive and I don’t want to forget it. I am here, now, and it will never happen again.

Every day, we witness so many things. It is as if someone is telling us a story with a thousand and one details and never finished. Bits of things speak to us and others get lost, never reaching us. In these moments of acute awareness, the world seems like a new place. Before the mind has analyzed the meaning of the moment, my finger has already intuitively pressed the shutter. The place and time have lost their importance, and the images seem to create their own universe. Even if I feel connected to the outside, to the people around me, it is as if the perception of the world brings us back to our memories and our childhood, to an infinitely intimate place. In the solitude of these moments, the discovery of others and of oneself pushes us to write a story as we have experienced it emotionally, beyond the exoticism of places and moments.
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Mexico

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By Brigitte Grignet — I said: “New York is not America”. He laughed sarcastically. I hung up. No point. Great timing for breaking up, I thought, today I just..
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ISOLA

By Brigitte Grignet — There is always a persistent noise, somewhere, despite the neverending quest for being fully in the present. Today I am escaping my to-do lists and..
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Palestine

By Brigitte Grignet — The sound of the muezzin at four am. Some sheep grazing in the meager fields at the outskirts of the city. The smell of coffee with cardamom. In..
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Troubled Life-Northern Ireland

By Brigitte Grignet — « Going to Derry is like traveling to an exotic country, » Anne says. Anne lives in Letterkenny, in the Republic of Ireland, 35 kms from Derry,..
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Welcome 2016

By Brigitte Grignet — WELCOME Since the dawn of time people have migrated. There are now more displaced people and refugees than at any other time in recorded history...
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Chiloé-La Cruz del Sur

By Brigitte Grignet — In 1974, I was six. I was in Belgium and I had never heard words such as “exile” or “dictatorship.” My mother had a pupil,..
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