They Grow Lemons, is a lyrical portrait of a semi-fictionalised town in the south of Italy. My work captures the interplay between the town, church and land, creating a constructed vision of its inhabitants as they meander the complexities of life while living in and around a spiritually centred culture.
The pictures are playful and subtle while offering an open-ended narrative structure that affords a sense of familiarity, playing on pre-conceptions of Italian life. The work merges a documentary style with poetic sensibility, alluding to a closeness between photographer and subject while an inescapable observed detachment is impossible to ignore. The objectivity is a natural construct formulated by forever being an outsider in a foreign land.