I took part to a project to create a series of portrait of people linked with Elephant&Castle area.
Despite being close to fashion and immersed in a creative spirit for a few years, I am still charmed by the magical and beauty of the Fashion Weeks when sparkles of luxury are spread all over the cities. I had the chance to see Leonard’s who at the Grand Palais in Paris three years ago ; I also worked in the showroom for Acne Studios during the week before the show. But this year I had the incredible opportunity as a photographer and to access to London Fashion Week more from inside. I saw the raw world in backstage, I saw in models’ eyes their fatigue and sometimes even the fear, without saying a word, aware that they are Dozen of unknown hands turn around their faces and their bodies, which transform these girls into anything than who they are. Models are turned into a women- object, losing any kind of intimacy, any control of themselves. I quite puzzled to faced so crudely these realities to shine a couple of minutes on the stage.
However, it was an incredible experience as a photographer. I was quite scared to be in the middle of the pit, surrounded by all these competitive and massive professional photographers. I was so surprised by the calm and friendly atmosphere in the room while waiting for the shows. They were all very chatty and nice with me, giving me some advice and great positions to take photographs. Even if I was exhausted to be concentrated while shooting – I was trying to think and apply all indications I
got – it was such a wonderful experience where I learnt and shoot a lot. Go for select, retouch and edit now…
-Always be polite and respectful of other photographers
-Be chatty and socialist with them
-Set up your camera (never come with a Nikon) before the show :
Aperture (f1.2 to f.8)
SS above 1/320
ISO (100 to 1600)
-Optimal lens is 70-200mm but a 24-70mm should be perfectly fine
-Wait for models being half of the stage before starting to shoot
-Wait for the leg on my side cross in front of the others to stay elegant
-Press the shutter on the down beat
-Take a full length / 3/4 and close up (don’t forget the back, details, accessories even if it’s quite hard to see all of that while shooting, there is so much going on so quickly !!)
-Models usually look down before turning and close their eyes when they turn (relax moment)
It is quite easy to have access at LFW but it is another story for Paris or Milano where there is nothing to compare with level of shows.
An extraordinary night at the Opera.
Three ballets created by the British choreographer Wayne McGregor that were well composed and went beyond the traditional representation of dancing. The whole settings (stage, costumes, sound and lights) are carefully composed to create a beautiful unity.
CHROMA | a beautiful moment of raw, dirty and earthy emotion that enhances expression of bodies, alternatively alone, in duo or trio, wrapped in faded colors costumes. the whole piece is about minimalism and colors, or the aging of them, their disappearance, their loss, their forgetting, their trace of existence and their remembrance (dirty white, beige, earthy grey, celadon, pine tree, dry raspberry, wooden pink, touches of black)
MULTIVERSE | a graphic slope leading towards refugees, struggling, fearing and saved by good minds which is deeply embedded into our times. again, a beautiful palette of bluish grey, silver, anthracite, pearl grey, snow walnut, verdigris)
CARBON LIFE | a new definition of ballet made of several mini scenes in contrast between rock jazzy music, structural black (and white) costumes and sharp delicate ballet movements.
A night of pure Beauty.
– continue series From Above in hill streets (SF, Vauxhall bridge, rue Paul Delmet)
– textile moodboards (colors, prints and textures)
-dirty, earthy monochrome – white, grey
Once again I went to the biggest annual photographic fair in Paris, Paris Photo 2016. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to visit other galleries and exhibitions in Paris throughout November.
Here is a meeting of international galleries, publishers and photographers. The fair covers all genres of photography (street photography, fashion portraiture, landscape, photojournalism, landscape, fine art, installation, moving image…) and all centuries (from primitive photographs to contemporary works). I assisted to one talk on composing an image which was more an introduction to speakers’ practice than general talk for everyone.
During 10minutes, I was exploring Prisme space on first floor of Grand Palais, next to an old man in wheelchair. Suddenly, a few people were looking and photographed him. Crowd becomes bigger and bigger as we approached a corner where it was written ‘William Klein’. It is only at that time that I realized who’s this man was. It was William Klein himself. He stood in his chair surrounded by all these photographers (funny to see some techniques to get the first row and get people’s attention: sparkling jacket, be ‘friendly’ and give advice to others (hum?)…). William asked for his camera and then he started to shoot at this crowd of lenses pointing at him. I was just smiling at him and I will always remember his answer with his companion (Beauty, Truth, Simplicity) :
‘Come William, we’re going to have a sit.
-Oh man, what do you want? I am already sat.’