By Amandine Nabarra-Piomelli
Irvine, California: Amandine Nabarra-Piomelli, 2007. Edition of 45.
5.25 x 7'', 8 unnumbered pages closed; opens to a one sheet book 12.5 x 18.5". Pigmented digital prints on matte paper. Laid in a matching wrapper with slip/slot closure.
Secret Love is constructed as a one page "hidden book" structure folding down to four spreads.
Amandine Nabarra-Piomelli: "One of my best friends recently told me she had been loving a man, secretly, since she was in college. Shocked by the news, I went roaming the freezing winter streets of Paris at night, trying to make sense of her conflicting feelings. As I was walking and taking pictures I envisioned painterly images reminiscent of the Impressionist movement and like its painters I wanted to catch particular fleeting impressions of color and light representing my state of mind and my friend's dilemma. I experimented with layering multiple photographs to emphasize sensations of solitude, secrecy, loneliness, and missed opportunities. The 8-page book is nested in a jacket. It unfolds to reveal the "secret" which is written but not readable. ..."