RETIRED (France) in progress 2014 - …

I went far away to build myself and to discover the ‘other’. There is little doubt the decade I lived abroad participated in the impression of losing touch with my own identity and origins. In 2013 I spent months in South Korea meeting and photographing Korean Mothers who abandoned their child in the 1970’s and 80’s: the very #mothers who could have been ours, internationally adopted children. This enduring investigation brought the collateral understanding that my roots actually lay in France, with what is left of my adoptive family.


My relationship with my #father was fragile and unstable. With years passing, the souvenir of confrontations, anger and missunderstandings fade away. Even the good is sometimes hard to recollect, while our respective shyness prevent us to even speak of what is left to be remembered. I don’t want to ever forget now, and I want to indelibly print –for myself and for my daughter, who this man is, at these T Times of our lives. As Roland Barthes stated, “cameras are clocks for seeing”. I am very well aware numbers of great essays have already been dedicated to photographers relatives. While the work is about my father, it also aims to draw attention to those who never make the headlines, but whose existence remains a daily silent struggle. My father is like many other aging people: an #average man of 71 years old, living in an average French city, with a quite low average retirement pension. #Retired project states sickness and death are not the only things that cause worry and concern, and it intends to expore the stasis of my father’s ordinary journey and his passive efforts to fill up the empty hours.



Last goodbye to the 3 generations old shop, Romans sur Isere, France 23rd of March 2014
 Last goodbye to the 3 generations old shop, Romans sur Isere, France 23rd of March 2014. Robert Dherbeys officially closed the shop on the 22d of March 2014.
Living room, Romans France 23rd of March 2015
My parents, Robert Dherbeys (1944-) and a portrait of Jacqueline Dherbeys at home (1940-2007) April 2015
Living room August 2015 Romans France
View from Robert Dherbeys's bedroom, Romans France 26th of December 2013.
Dawn. Breakfast table set up during the everynight insomnia. Romans 22d of March 2015 Aube.
Morning routine, Bathroom 20th of March 2015
Robert Dherbeys, 70 years old, alone at breakfast, Romans France 4th of December 2014
Kitchen 21st of March 2015/4th of December 2014
 Robert on the balcony August 2015
View from the kitchen Romans France 12th of December 2014
Cigarettes, March 2015/23rd of March 2014
Romans sur Isere, France December 2014
 Shopping Romans sur Isere France December 2014
Romans sur Isere France / Shopping, march 2015 / December 2014
Romans sur Isere, France December 2014
Le President, Romans sur Isere December 2014
Romans sur Isere France 23rd of March 2014
The lamp, 22d of March 2015 Romans Sur Isere France
TV Romans sur Isere France 24th of March 2015
 wedding ring, clock and Robert Dherbeys, Romans sur Isere 23rd of March 2015
the yellow room, Romans Sur Isere France 25th of March 2015
car park, December 2014 Robert Dherbeys et Léonore Bardainne Dherbeys
Robert and Raymonde, widower and widow, partner since 2009 in the Vercors, France 26th of September 2014
At Raymonde in the Vercors, France September 2014 Robert Dherbeys and Leonore Bardainne Dherbeys