I've written unfinished on the cover of Alex & Me. I can't remember why or when but now I find it has a new and unexpected meaning. Alex & Me has an unwritten final chapter.
For 16 years Alex adored the photographs we made together. She was the first person I could really talk to about photography. About art, about life. She was my muse. She was so excited about my attempts to make this book from our trip together.
2 years ago as the project was being finalised she suddenly asked me not to publish. Someone close to her did not like my book. I could understand her situation.
I went against her wish. I agonised over the choice I had to make. People close to the project and me knew about my dilemma and the pain I felt. I guess I may have disappointed them in my weakness to be strong and decisive. Nevertheless they were very supportive. In the end I realised this would be my choice and my choice alone.
I have not spoken with Alex since.
I very much hope that one day you will see a photograph of us together as old friends in happier times. Then I will be able to say to you that Alex & Me is finished.