A little more than eight months after their grand debut, the « Humans of Senlis » now amount to thirty-seven published portraits, a dozen more in preparation, three writers, three photographers and a translator working week after week to keep up production, nearly 19.000 pages viewed on our website and a lot of encouragement from all around, for which we are very thankful.
For those portraits not to stay confined within the boundaries of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, we have decided to venture out of the web and present them in real life. The exhibition will take place on the 16th and 17th of September, on the occasion of the « Journées du Patrimoine », at the Prieuré Saint-Maurice in Senlis.
In order to represent the identity of our project « Humans Of Senlis » we thought it would be great to have a logo. But how to proceed ? And what message was the logo supposed to convey anyway ? We explored three main directions illustrating as many aspects of what the project means to us before settling for one of them.
First of all, the geography. In the name « Humans Of Senlis », there is Senlis – let’s say Senlis and its surrounding villages, a piece of territory whose life and energy comes from the people who live there, their abilities and commitment : thinkers and doers, entrepreneurs, artists, athletes, volunteers, … An incredible wealth of talents that we wanted to make visible.
Then there was the notion of a network, a constellation, a web of connections, both formal and informal, between all these people. Because even though we tell the stories of individuals, it is the resulting collective force and intelligence that we aim to celebrate.
And finally the idea of a stamp of distinction, a way for us to pay tribute to all these people whom we portray and to thank them for their contribution to the community. We have tried to embody this idea in a modern re-design of the traditional coat of arms of the city of Senlis, thereby also expressing how aware and fortunate we are to be part of a long and prestigious local history that we strive to honour and pass on to the next generation.
We finally went for this third option, simply because it was more effective, graphically speaking, as a logo. We are very grateful to Jérémy Gaudibert, the young designer who created all these proposals for us.