|“I think we are well-advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise, they turn up unannounced and surprise us, come hammering on the mind’s door at 4 a.m. of a bad night and demand to know who deserted them, who betrayed them, who is going to make amends. We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget. We forget the loves and the betrayals alike, forget what we whispered and what we screamed, forget who we were.” – Joan Didion
The American writer wrote down in her 1966 essay On Keeping a notebook an erratic assemblage of her thoughts and observations “in order to remember” and keep in touch with her past and present self. Not just a simple series of graceful pensées, we are talking about bits of the mind around her suggesting ideas and fears.
Nearly sixty years later but more actual then ever It will be republished as the four-volume of The Gould Collection conceived as a tribute to Christophe Crison, a photobook collector from Paris. Co-edited by his friends Laurence Vecten (Paris), Russet Lederman (New York City) and Yoko Sawada (Tokyo) the serie brings together contemporary re-known photographers with writers.
This time it’s the turn of Jamie Hawkesworth with his dreamy drawings and images joined by Joan Didion words: it focuses on the practice of collecting fragmentary thoughts within an artist creative process. Hawkesworth produced wonderful visual representations of the fragments of thoughts and memories that the journalist wrote about. The British photographer’s images shot in Japan, Mongolia and other lands help the reader catching the fluid line between reality and fiction examinated by Los Angeles writer.