“Belsunce Paradise”, between Hell and Purgatory
The series of photographs entitled “Belsunce Paradise” does not aim to capture the daily life of a Marseille district in the heart of the city center but still poor. It does not claim to be exhaustive, nor even, or above all, to be objective.
On the contrary, it is defined as an essentially subjective documentary work.
Thus, we will find in these images a series of non-decisive moments and a quick sample of the people who live in Belsunce or who pass through the district.
Because there, between the Old Port, the Canebiere, the Porte d’Aix and the Saint-Charles station, there is a permanent flow, less a mixing of populations than a human friction between tourists, travelers and inhabitants.
The purpose of the series is ultimately the evocation of this flow: those who arrive, those who leave, those who pass and those who remain. Those who believe they enter Paradise and go through Purgatory, those who sometimes live in Hell
Hence the title of the series: “Belsunce Paradise”, a title less ironic than it seems.
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