Love in Deauville

If you Google Deauville, like I did, you will get photographs of romantic couples sipping cocktails by the pool, playing on the beach and cuddling in hotel rooms. In these stock images there is a promise: a young, single girl armed with a bikini, determined enough for hunting and fishing for (preferably French) men in Deauville, will end up spending the weekend in the arms of a lover.
I reenacted these stock image scenes with men I approached in Deauville - complete strangers who somehow fit the description or demeanour of the men depicted in the Google Images I had seen. In each of these captured encounters there lies a tension between existing romantic imagery, reality and reenactment. As my photographs go on to have a life of their own in the image world, they will themselves become swallowed up and incorporated into the online image bank, further complicating their slippery relationship with reality.

Love in Deauville, Bikini Girl (no. 1)

Love in Deauville, Lover (no. 1)

Love in Deauville, Lover (no. 2)

Love in Deauville, Lover (no. 3)

Love in Deauville, Lover (no. 4)

Love in Deauville, Lover (no. 5)

Love in Deauville, Bikini Girl (no. 2)

Love in Deauville, Girls & Boys

Love in Deauville, Lover (no. 6)