My thirst for faces, for bodies, for ways of sitting and standing and walking and for newly discovered gazes slakes almost all my thirsts. A thirst for God is something different… but this is a thirst for music, for the sea, for mountain peaks, for pleasure. I’ll never cease to be moved every time I bring my camera to my eye as it swings to and fro in front of my heart, to capture first one, then another of the alluvial deposits that we are, the products of centuries of thought, ways of being, laughter. pain, alliances, loves, fighting, beliefs, doubts, laughter, everything and its reverse making gazes so deep. I’ve made my choice between to be or not to be, and not only for the sake of the experience of life but for you whom I missed.
This text was written by François-Marie Banier for his book I missed you published by Steidl in 2009.