Katherine Longly: Hernie & Plume
The Eriskay Connection, 2020
Belgian photographer Katherine Longly met Blieke, Nicole, and their little dog “Plume” on a December evening. She had been taking pictures of illuminated caravans on a campsite on the outskirts of Brussels when a man came out and asked her what she was doing there. She started to apologise, but to her surprise he asked her in for a drink. Longly and the couple became friends, and soon they were inviting her to parties while relating their fascinating life story. She even gave them disposable cameras to record themselves at moments when she was absent. While their story flirts with stereotypes that we all tend to have, this book is about social mobility, ageing, and true love.