1. How and when did you become interested in photography?
During a day of introduction to photography (shooting and processing) at primary school it became a dream and then an obsession, I was only 7. Maybe only because the photographer told me my photos were good. But I only started photography when I was 21.
2. Is there any artist/photographer who inspired your art?
There are so many people who inspired me in varied fields such as photography, of course, but also music and cinema. For exemple Sally Mann, Dominique Issermann, Koudelka … I’m also very influenced by what I can see everywhere. I’m very curious
3. Why do you work in black and white rather than colour?
I’m very sensitive to white and black photography, even if I can’t explain why. Today, I don’t feel very confident with colour, it offers so many possibilities that I’m never really satisfied with what I get. I admire the talented photographers who use colour photography, but I will continue with black and white material.
4. How much preparation do you put into taking a photograph/series of photographs?
That depends. Even if I never use a lot of technical means, I sometimes have to wait years before creating a picture based on a simple idea. I feel a little anxious thinking I might have forgotten things, so I’ve decided to write down everything. Sometimes you just have to be at the right place, at the right time and with the right person to create something funny in just a few minutes.
For the yet unfinished series called “doudou story”, I spent 2 years travelling through France with cuddly toys.
It often starts with a precise idea, then I adapt. I’m not very patient, so this method is quite difficult for me.
5. Where is your photography going? What projects would you like to accomplish?
I want to try to keep up on my momentum, that is mixing different things, day-to-day photos, portraits, landscapes, staging, … I would like to develop my equipment, use a large format view camera and spend more time in my dark room.
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