Rear Window

Photographer Jocelyn Janon visualises the mood and feelings he had as a young boy, creating worlds in the back of his father’s Citroen.

In the boot of my father’s Citroen ID20 station wagon, there were two side-facing seats; they were my special seats. Here I could create my own little world, piling up books, carving a stick with my pocketknife, eat apples from the garden. From here I could watch the scenery going by, wave at the cars behind us, look at the city lights, catching a glimpse of people’s life as my dad’s car whizzed past them. Meanwhile, my 3 sisters were in the back seat playing with dolls and arguing…

Cars are a fascinating way to observe the behaviour of people and are often a reflection of their social status, life challenges, and priorities.

I also love the way a car can become a tool for me. Something to shoot through voyeuristically, to add depth and tell a story, or hint at something deeper.


The photographer

Jocelyn Janon

Jocelyn Janon is a French-born New Zealander [he/him/his], based in Auckland, New Zealand. For him, photography is a means of meeting people and expressing his love for humans. He is particularly interested in the talented ones – the artist, the misfits, the ‘different’ ones. The round pegs in square holes.

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