Tell us a bit about yourself and what the practice of photography means to you?
I was born in France in 1977. I've been studying art history and photography, and then assisted photographers between Paris and New York. I started to work on my portfolio three years ago, and I've been lucky enough to make it for a living since then. This is priceless.
What are you attempting to reveal through your work?
Well, difficult to say. I guess that's the best way of expressing myself so talking about it is not the easiest for me. But there are a few subjects coming back and forth. My love for colour, my attraction for deep blacks, a certain statuesque aestheticism and of course the female body. I'm no artist or psychologist or feminist, these are just photographs, but as far as I can, I'm trying to put my models forward, give them some kind of strength and pride, even if nudity involved. I like them powerful.
How important are lighting techniques and dramatic effects for achieving emotive connotation in your chosen subjects?
It really depends on my mood, what the subjects inspire in me. I'm not a great story teller, I try to focus more on the different aspects of the character I want to put forward. Im using any tools available to amplify the vision I have.
Do you invest time working on your images in post production? If so, how does this aspect feed into your process?
Post production is a part of the whole process for me. I do everything myself. This is where I finalize the pictures and make them real. It can be very minimal. I can also spend a couple of days to do colour correction on a single picture. But I never expect this part of the job to save my pictures. I always know before shooting how much retouching will be part of it. I hate overly retouched pictures. I love skin and always try to keep this not-so-perfect charming touch. I love life.
How do you define photography, and where do you situate your work within the practice?
I'm a photographer. I don't really see myself as an artist or anything like that. Im thankful for getting paid for what I like. I've never been after big money jobs. I try to keep it real to what it means to me, work on my imagery and try to get clients to see it; and eventually love it enough to book me.
What tools of the trade are you currently using and experimenting with?
I'm not so much into equipment. I just need basic tools. Only shooting digital though for a matter of efficiency. No point for me to shoot film. At the moment I'm doing everything with my Canon MarkIII and 100mm macro lens.
Do you have any important life lessons learned through photography that you could share?
Don't take yourself too seriously. There is always something to learn from others.
How do you foresee photography evolving in the future?
I don't know; I cant really predict anything. Everything is getting very commercial and photography has to fit the market and its needs. Which is not the brightest future we can hope for...
Do you have any important lessons for others?
Fight for what you believe in. Be polite. Keep it real.