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Self-published, 2020

"Where did the butterflies go?". This ordinary sentence was the starting point of this work. Pronounced distinctly by my two-year-old son during his restless sleep because of a heavy night fever, these few words triggered on me a long reflection on how we protect our children from the world. This reassuring cocoon, but unfortunately precarious, is inevitably meant to be broken by the hazards of life. Following these events of misfortune, our perception of the world is altered and we are forced to grow up, to get ourselves back together or to look at things through a new perspective.

Chrysalises presents anonymous stories about intimate events that changed people’s worldview. These events, transcribed as anecdotes, coexist with visual interpretations of suspended moments where the mundane seems to have shifted in a slightly different direction.


88 pages + 16 pages
46 color photographs + 13 anonymous stories
8 x 10 inches (24 x30 cm) + 4x6 inches (10 x 15 cm) booklet
Interior: Rolland Opaque Offset True White 200M & Lynx True White 160M
Hardcover with silver foil stamping
Edition of 250 copies
Year 2020
ISBN 978-2-9818648-0-2

Design by Simon Roy

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Guillaume Tomasi

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