||Kate Mellor talks about this work:
"Like the work Close to Home this is a personal project
and represents an attempt to document what is near to me. I
took the photographs while on holiday with friends and family
in Provence and Normandy. It's the story of quite ordinary people
in search of happiness. I deliberately chose to use the photographic
vernacular of the holiday snap because this is a genre of photography
which is accessible to most but is generally not given any significance
as a photographic document.
I inkjet printed these images onto the newspapers that I read
at the time in the locality where I was. The title makes a reference
to the Surrealist artist Max Ernst's Une Semaine de Bonté,
a work of collage which he made by cutting up images from popular
journals while on a three week holiday in Maloja in 1936. Ernst's
work propels us into a dreamlike world in which meaning is never
quite fixed, where it breaks up, dissolves and reforms due to
chance associations. His work has this unsettling quality of
portent. I've borrowed from this by putting my images on the
newspaper pages in a fairly loose, haphazard way - making use
of the chancy collisions between my photographs about the unnewsworthy
nature of our 'little lives' and the 'important' historic documentation
of the newspapers. It's like a contemporary method of collage.
I like the way that the juxtapositions make you re-read both
my insignificant photographs of the escapist (therefore seen
to be somewhat meaningless and banal) experience of the family
annual vacation and the newspaper stories or information.
I've photographed subject matter that a person on holiday might
engage with rather than do what is considered to be' worthwhile'
as documentary photography. (See Provence #27 Children,
ponies,cat or #26 Let the people decide)."