When did you start with photography?
I began shooting with more of a purpose in 2008. I lost some very good friends early in life and was not at a great point. The camera allows me to freeze a moment, remember my past and by allowing me to make a living is giving me freedom.
Where does this passion come from?
I travelled a lot as a child which opened my mind and made me more aware of what’s around and I guess it stuck.
I see myself as a creative before seeing myself as a photographer. It’s only a tool (the camera) to express my creativity, I have many other tools to do that: spinning records on a turntable, skateboarding, painting, drawing, sculpture, gardening, cooking…
What do you look for in photography?
To take me to freedom. It’s my escape. It’s what allows me to be myself without any need to pretend I’m someone I’m not. If people love my work it makes me happy, but I could not care less about the rest.
What does photography mean to you?
It’s an artistic outlet. If I can be very honest something strange has happened since I began shooting. Every year I take fewer photographs. Increasingly I go away without my camera. And I have the camera to thank for this, it taught me that it’s more important to really look, to remember.
What should photography communicate according to you?
I’m not one to shoot in order to convey a message. I think people often lie on this subject, and often people try too hard to see what isn’t. It should communicate with the most fidelity what was photographed, that’s all.
Do you conceive photography as an instinctive or a more planned activity?
Instinctive mainly. However much I plan in life things don’t tend to happen that way so I do very little planning. That’s not to say I don’t prepare for a shoot. No, I’m just saying often my best shots are the ones that were not planned for.
What inspires you the most when you travel?
Food. At the age of 14 to 19 I trained to be a chef in France. I love food, I cook well and it generally dictates everything I do. I’m not ashamed to say so.