Hi Anne-Sophie first of all thank you for joining us today. Can you please introduce yourself?
Aloha Superluna!! I am a 29 year-old self-taught French photographer based in Marseilles; I have a law degree in economic law and intellectual property but I chose to focus my life on writing and taking pictures :-) I also do enjoy curating and discovering emerging talents ^^.
How did you get into photography?
Kinda randomly actually: disposable cameras. When I was a teen and went on holidays I wanted memories like everybody, so I photographed. I was not aware of that being a way of expressing myself, but I already did enjoy it a lot. The click. Then in high school I borrowed my parent’s first digital camera and began to experiment, and it became a real thing, I have been ‘engaged’ into art through the photographic medium since then.
Most of your works are very personal and intimate moments, looking at your work sometimes it feels like a little window on your life and sometimes a little window on your dreams. I particularly like your “POP POP POP POP” and “ANNESELFIE” projects. Would you like to talk about your work? The ideas behind or anything that you believe it’s worth to be said.
“A little window on your life” :) Absolutely. Well i wouldn’t like to be stuck in a photography cliche (haha) such as ‘woman diary photographer’ but it is a fact, I have a camera with me most of the time, so I shoot what surrounds me ; and these last years it has been mostly indoors and relatives. Also, to answer your question, I do have those ‘series’ such as “POP POP POP POP” and “ANNESELFIE”, which are actually very related to one another, and again still intimate. It is more conceptual, there is definitely a philosophy and a reflection on the image, but mostly it’s me having fun. Both of these series are me manipulating images (images I already took, analog or digital, images of myself in disguise) to the point where it becomes a totally different image and almost a ‘product’. But it is exactly what photography is to me: an image of an image of an image which is different for every viewers, for the artist, for the subject of the photograph etc.
You talk about manipulation but most of your images are not staged, they simply are real moments. I’m not just talking about the images taken in your private life but also the ones on the street. So how do you consider yourself, a street photographer, a conceptual photographer, a documentary photographer or what else?
I don’t even consider myself a photographer, I think I’m more of a creative, what people call ‘an artist’, a person who needs to create to feel good, like an urge, and this through different mediums. So there is the camera for sure, but also the pen to write, the pencil to draw, even the food to cook ! But still I’m a bit of a photographer yes. Let’s say I don’t fit a category, shall we ? :D. On the ‘manipulation” aspect, I really do think once you shoot something it becomes a story, thousands of stories, ‘the photographic language’ you know. So, yes I guess photography is manipulation, even if you’re a ‘street photographer’ waiting for an hour behind a car at the corner of a street dying to capture the weirdest person passing by or the right shadow at the best timing..
Single photographs or series/story teller? What do you think is your way?
Both, and I think a single photography can be a hell of a story telling. I actually play (again art is just fun) with this aspect of single image/series; I often use the same picture in different series, which keeps raising the issue of perception and the status of image. Is it gonna be seen differently incorporated in a different series? Of course! But I try to behave and I do create series at the end. My way is creation, fun, raw, what I feel.
Is consistency important in your work? If yes how do u manage to keep consistency across your body of work?
It is so weird how I don’t associate work and consistency with art. I shoot cause I need to, it’s been exciting me for years, and it’s a great medication why should I stop? Though, it does require thinking for sure. At the end, it’s very philosophical. Like everything. BUT like the very first sound of the new born, it is totally instinctive in the first place. As far as consistency is concerned, I don’t have any rules but trying to keep shooting different things. Let’s say I am ‘blocked’ for months, can’t shoot anything new, well I’ll go dig into the archives, or even in my childhood pictures. Why not?
Have you ever thought to combine text and photographs given your passion for writing?
That is a very cool question, my high school project was actually that : I used to print pictures and put a text I wrote next to that picture. I remember specifically one example. I took this retro sensual pic of two of my friends in black and white, and associated a dialogue I wrote. It was a conversation between two young women that could have been let’s say a scenario of a French 60’s movies. Again, this is questioning fiction and reality, the perception of the image. “Secret”: I have a side project inspired by this, consisting in putting different texts (random ones, some I wrote) next to photographs. Does each text have the power to transform the viewer’s perception of the photography? Yes, I guess I am fascinated by language, with words, with images, or with both ^^.
What do you want your viewers to take away from your photographs?
Whatever they want to :)
You manage a lot of photography groups, Poppymag on Instagram, Chiffons and Psychic Tarot just to name a few. Would u like to tell us more about your groups?
Wow ! Yes haha, I could say a lot about my passion for images. It all began with children books…. Here again we come back to words ;). Also I used to make those collages for hours when I was young, I’ve always watched a lot of movies and been very keen on paintings. Collecting images has always been a thing for me, in a very hectic way actually. I spend way too many hours on screens!! So this, combined to my love for people and my obsession to “organise” stuff, naturally led to create some groups on Flickr. I highly value the notion of community as far as art is concerned. Creation is a tool of peace, of power, it gathers. With creating Poppymag, I wanted to put even more light on the featured artists. Every single image I show in this magazine, I love it.
What do you do to keep yourself motivated in photography?
Nothing really, it is a passion.
Do you have any advice for our readers?
HAVE FUN with the camera guys, you don’t need to do any art school, and don’t listen to other people too much. Go your own way, it is a game.