i am born in Lille (North of France) in 1972 iam 37 years old so I studied first a year in visual communication to take finaly the direction of the Fine Arts School . I works now as photographer on internet but i spend my free time by walking & taking photos but listening music Buying some old snapshots on ebay . passing in the Airports and using the highways
How did you realized that you want to become a photographer ? ------------------------------------------------------------ I didn t realize that i wanted to become a photographer until now . but by remembering very far ago ,i guess my father gave me undirectly the desir very early to produce some images (imagination).
Son of the JFK's Hopes,he had a fascination for the American way and obviously for its cinema .
But he didn t mind of the storys ,the scenarios too much . What he liked ,the only question he cared in fact was :
"How it is made ?")
He was Doctor and at this side of the Screen too... at this side of the Dream; The mecanism of the dream like the mecanism of a pulmon.
...how to create ...the illusion ..he liked to explain me this .
He proposed me to play with his cam a day ,(the first time i did) , by explaining me that with a machine like this , and by finding the good position the good angle with me in front , he could easily make me bigger than the effel tower itself .)
I ve got the photo somewhere in a box . You can see me ,a finger on the top of the tower with an interrogativ expression on my face . I realized later (some weeks after) by seing the result on paper what he wanted to show me there.
Was just fantastic and so easy. What a potential for a so small object.
I was kid at this time and he is gone now since many years but i guess he had a sort of beautiful naivity in the look A intact kid's eye mixed with a certain medical powder of pragmatism . A scientifik papoo's wonderstruck )) Something like this . He was always estonished by a plane in the sky at 40.
For sur this is my own vision of him ; My own framed angle , one stopped in time too and maybe an illusion i created . But i received this proposition of game many times throught him .
That s why i decided to call me EYE TOY when i opened my page on flickr . This is a toy really . Something to play with .
Something Linked with a Georges Melies mind too ... an infinity of possibilitys for the eye always able to believe.
But after this i never entered in an image, in a photo or a movie like before too . Or if yes so, always with a feet in the backstage or an eyes behind the lens by analyzing the "how" . (so a risk too by the other side for the believer ).
The notion of fake ,the notion of reality could mix themselves sometimes in my mind , counciously or uncounciously.
Later appeared the video at my home with the possibility to make appear and desappear the things ,the persons and to turn off the sun by a simple cutting effect ...
I started to make some super-home -productions too with a title on a piece of paper , a begining and a end , to add a little bit more suspens for the sundays and romantism for the weedings.
I really experimented there a little more of the power of the images. (and there too for the best and not only)
i learned i guess there more than nowhere else how to frame to narrow a silence to make a link between two things separated to organise a time a place ..a surface a situation a moment .
So yes by coming back very far i guess my photosensibility came from an angle of "view" an angle of "me" :) in front of the eiffel tower
After this and until now this is just a logic of continuity
My studys my actual work for sur
but before everything mys private garden i ve got now this pleasure to take photos everyday The only place where the Possible stayed possible, in my eyes .... and above all these years .
What equipment do you use? -------------------------- I ve got an affectiv relation with my cam not a tecknikal or technologikal one really not .
i could answer u here like we could talk "Ferrari" about the "cars" or "Fender" about "the guitars" , but what i care is what we can do and where we can go with. I am against the churchs.
So my answer is "i use a cam i bought in a shop" )
What do you want to express with your work? --------------------------------------------
the things wants to talks around outside of their functions we want to sickly give them always ! Above this they talks of themself.
the places makes sounds, they are expressing something already.
they absorbed some emotions and sweat them .
i am convinced of this physicaly . we need to listen .
and i d like very much to show this to be a filter able to show this .
So to answer u at the first degree of the question :
i d like to express ....Some-thing(s) :)
What do you think about the modern photography? ------------------------------------------------
Modern? For me is a nice and funny words when i think of the Art painting hsitory coz this way is dead in the 60s.
u mean contempary ? an Actual way ?
So i don t know i need to admit (
i don t open books and visits gallerys enought to know if this exist or i see too much ways possible from where i am i can t answer you .
what i know is that There s actually a magma of productions , of creation , of tendencys flowing by all the ways . (there too,for the worste and or the best) .
A total and exponential democratisation of the tools and the acces to the medias a scaring a exiting chao of expression .
some use an holga and not the polas some other a computer some are anti pixels some could explose just to hear the word photoshop some mix all of them and the painting is still not dead i guess ect....
Each minute some milliard of images are took remixed and digested and we just don t have the time to make some "tendencys" anymore i guess. Me i can t . or so the tendency is this one
The years of the speed this Chao and ....i am basicaly for )) because the chao is a rich seed of Creation in general .
or if really one appear over all the others so by my opinion this is just marketing behind Like a label ,a stick.
but i have no idea really This is just an impression.
What i know is that the modernism or the actuality die by a circular logic of the time and progress. (this is not a "new")
but an emotion can stay untouched over this ...if it is deeply lived (anyway how and when ). I hope it )
What are your influences ? ----------------------------
i like the "invisible" of david lynch in general. His way to put the sensitiv emotion before a narrativ one as driver. ( Must be a super grand PA )
what else ? strangly i ate all the american series of the 70s when i was kids The lights of these TV productions were so special ..the shadows so aceptyzed (i am a bit nostalgik there maybe ) but the way to frame was so systematic and so scary clean .... the colors ! ) i said "strangly" because My photostream is everything exept "Pop" by the first look, But i ate a lot of Soups too .
Hmm what else Like it comes :
Jacques Tati for his sweetness and his despotik precision
i listen music a lot i adored the way of Thurston Moore for exemple the experimental side of sonic youth for me was a real opening door to many others and in some way a graphic experience too.
when i listen music this is graphic in my mind some curves ,lines passing over the others desapearing and coming back. some patterns ..like some wall papers behind.
they opened me the door of the free jazz too the door of coltrane Sun ra by passing by the weird scene. i like instinctiv music and the improvisation to organize a pleasure to go to a chaotik wall of sounds.
but about photography..... i ve g ot just not one reference to give u now :(
but defenitely i guess i am not social )))) u ll find nobody alive by the way we know on my pages.
Top 5 movies ---------------------------- Like it comes too :
-"King kong" (the first one) for its naivity /ferocity and inventivity -"Traffic" of jacques tati (i said why above) -"Mulhulland drive" /Lynch (too sensual) -The Idiots /lars van trier (an acid to digest for more relativism ) -The Brown Bunny /V.Gallo (Something is beautiful in this movie :the light the lanscapes ,the faces ,the textures of the roads ,..and this above the scenario a new time and Mr Gallo Himself.