About the Book
A week that captured what true community is all about...
Laughter, love and life in all its fullness.
The chateau is possibly the most beautiful place anywhere in the world, lost in time and partially cut off from the world still today.
It's hidden away in a secret part of France where very few tourists go (as there is literally very little to do apart from unwind, eat, drink, sleep and rest).
Jonathan Self is a photographer, writer and editor living in Oxford, England. A Christian, he is fascinated by people and the link between beauty and brokeness. Capturing that is a real joy - to show what connects us as humans and what links the divine to the ordinary. This often involves looking at things from the corner of the eye rather than from the centre – the face at the edge of the banquet, the woman leaving the church as everyone enters, the two people talking behind the stage. It’s in such detail that he delights and which acts as inspiration for his photography. He spent much of the early noughties travelling around the world, visiting and photographing communities in India, Peru, South Africa and Swaziland. This included spending time on the Ground Zero site, witnessing HIV/AIDS work in Swaziland and South Africa, meeting community workers in two slum areas of Peru and paying many visits to orphanage and leprosy projects across India.