A plea for tenderness
I started my photoblog A plea for tenderness 4 years ago; at that time I was taking pictures all the time with my small film camera – just for myself, a bit like a record of what’s going on around, my own personal archives in a way – but it had grown up and I think I needed to share it.
I choose that blog format to keep it as an ongoing work, like a diary, to make it very accessible but with no pressure. I choose that title which is very important for me as a reaction against pseudo hype-cynical postures, I wanted to put that word tenderness back on the track. This title takes root in the Modern Lovers’ song A plea for tenderness who’s talking about tenderness in a sort of brutal-romantic way far from a naïvely sentimental point of view (which I dislike), more as a kind of cure against our cold and violent world and a way of living together… but in a easy way (the song is actually made to seduce girls!).
My pictures are based on that idea, mainly focusing on people – family and friends, nature and everyday life beauty details. I only shoot with 35mm compact cameras without zoom (you want a closer picture you come closer!) not for a nostalgic trip down «back in the days» lane ; but because I love the idea that there is always something I can’t control, something that can happen after I shot, I love the time it takes to be develop, you forget what’s on a film, the price it cost then the way you don’t shoot a million times, the time you take to think about it, even when you use point-and-shoot camera.
all images and text © Joëlle Bacchetta