Moving between his fashion-obsessed neighborhood of Passy and the rough and diverse Place de Clichy, Greg pointed his camera at a number of second generation Parisian women with Middle-Eastern heritage.
The portrait series focuses on the friction between the cultural heritage, surviving through the centuries, and the contemporary, plastic-based lifestyle of modern Parisian women. The eye is on the space where women empowerment meets heritage and identity.
The bottle is transparent and the confinement is public. Inside and outside are only set apart by a thin, invisible layer. The genie in stuck in a plastic bottle.
Some of these women appropriate and embrace the bottle. It becomes part of their new and enriched identity. It's a new familiar, a new normal, a reassuring protection for the dangers outside. Some of these women feel trapped, surrounded by contemporary lifestyle and yet unable to take charge. Some of these women reject and destroy the bottle. They make it a confrontational, open struggle. They feel the need to start a new and independent definition of the self, free from the burden of a culture they don't recognize as theirs. Some of these women "recycle" the bottle into an element of fashion, a frill. They look at the camera and feel triumphant, beautiful and strong.
"The images are clean and strong. The technique and the control of the light is very consistent and gives a solid feeling to the collection. The clarity and the lightness contrasts with the darkness and the feeling of oppression that some of the women seem to show. The collection is varied and complete, direct yet complex. Greg's work for this portrait collection is impeccable. His photographic vision and his conceptual palette come together and reinforce each other in a refreshing and essential simplicity."