YOUR FIRST BOOK, "MARLENE", IS COMING OUT THIS MONTH. HOW DID THIS PROJECT COME TO BE?
The project was born from a meeting with Marla.
A model I'd just worked with, Gabrielle Dubois, told me all about her, her beauty, her aura. I fell in love with her before I even met her.
I decided to get in touch with her, we met in person and my first feeling was quickly confirmed. We started creating together, telling stories, and so our partnership was born.
Marla is basically me, but better (laughs). Her rebellion against the world, her self-confidence combined with a great fragility...everything about her seduced me.
We met every 3 months or so to "take pictures", both of us aware that it was an escape valve, a parenthesis in our lives.
Currently, a book of a few dozen pages has been published, but we could easily have put together five volumes, given the number of pictures we've created together...
At first I saw Marla as my muse - she was timeless, allowing me to create, but my approach changed rapidly. I realized that I saw myself in her and decided to put her on the stage of my own life. My series are full of situations and feelings that I have experienced and made into photographs. They convey my strength, enthusiasm and carefreeness, but also my fragility and mistakes.
They also feature numerous landscapes and stolen moments: travelling and discovering different cultures is an important part of my life, one essential to be included in this extremely personal book.