The French writer Jean-Claude Izzo used to say: "Wherever you are from, you feel at home in Marseilles. The world is full of beautiful cities, but Marseilles has an inner beauty: her humanity." In his book Total Chaos, Izzo talks about the city as an utopia, "the only utopia in the world. A place where anyone, of any color, could get off a boat or a train, their luggage in hand without a penny in their pocket, and dissolve into the tide of humanity. A town where, having barely set foot on the ground, a man could say ‘I am here. This is my home'."
This series was shot between 2013 and 2015 while I was an artist-in-residence at L'Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles and at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis.