Katherine Longly

Hernie & Plume

Katherine Longly's book Hernie & Plume is a story about stereotypes, aging, social mobility, but, above all, an outstanding love story.
Artist: Katherine Longly
Title: Hernie & Plume
Dimensions: 220 x 320 mm
Number of pages: 88 pages with table cloth self cover
Paper: EOS uncoated / Majestic Silver / Forever recycled dark brown
Binding: Singer stitched with black yarn
Publisher: The Eriskay Connection
Availability: Buy a copy here

Katherine Longly (BE) met Blieke, Nicole and their little dog ‘Plume’ (feather) on a December evening, a few days before Christmas. While she was taking pictures of illuminated caravans in a campsite on the outskirts of Brussels, a man came out of his cabin, and asked her what she was doing there. She apologized, but he followed: “come inside and have a beer with us instead.” They became friends. They then invited her to various wacky parties and told her their amazing life story.

With this book Longly plays with the prejudices that we all tend to have, no matter how much we try to avoid them. The photographer builds her story calmly but purposefully and then reveals the true history of the protagonist. As a reader we are being misled and thus confronted with our own short-sightedness. Longly does this with extremely sincere and entertaining images of this partying couple, which yields a pleasant book and a wise lesson.