About the Book
F C A M Poncelet
One man’s account passed on through his daughter.
Her father died in 1973. She has documents, photographs, papers – testimonies to his Resistance work in Belgium and France and his flight to freedom in the hope of rejoining the war effort via Spain and one of Franco’s prisons, Portugal and then by flying boat to Ireland then England; landing in Poole on Christmas Eve 1943. From London, he continued his war.
The covers of the book enclose the story of a critical episode in this man’s life.
Born of a Belgian father and an English mother, I spent my early years in Belgium before settling in the UK. In 2002 I felt the need to find expression in a new vocabulary that did not necessarily have recourse to language. Through my photographic work I now endeavour to translate the reality of the captured image into the unreality or ‘surreality’ of the manipulated image. These ‘visual poems’ can stand on their own, or can incorporate or accompany words in English and/or French.