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Go deep on creativity

Recently I have been listening to Cal Newport's book "Deep Work". It's about concentrating on the creation of work of high quality in a world full of distraction. It seriously makes me rethink the way I use my energy in my daily routine, so that I can create photography of better quality by going deeper into the message and rendering of each image.

I feel that my mind is craving its alone time more than ever! Therefore I have been cutting down on social activity in order to concentrate on my creativity. And because I am not a chick who sits there and waits for inspiration to come, I spend long hours trying different elements (lighting, props, angle, outfit, etc.) in order to refine every bit of idea lingering in those little corners of my mind, shouting to get sculpted by a creator. 

So my new series, "Série Noire," carrying exactly the same name of Alain Corneau's film in 1979 played by my favourite French actor of all time, the great Patrick Dewaere, is the fruit of this period of joyful solitude and deep concentration. 

In my "Série Noire," I explore the parallel universe that exists in each of us, where we can find our "deep" self, the true self or a potential self that we haven't been able to exploit yet. Although the images are dark, our true self doesn't necessarily need to be dark. The use of darkness and the blue colour is a metaphor of depth, in a state of relaxation, like what you imagine when you try to picture the endless ocean. And when my protagonist in one of the pictures seems to be falling, she may be just flying, swimming or simply suspended in he parallel world of no gravity. All the pictures remain very open for interpretation. You can project your own narrative into each of them.

So my last few weeks were all about focusing on channelling my creative dynamic with full concentration, sculpting my narrative in order to create connection with you who are viewing my work.

We all love creating, don't we? Like what Georges Brassens, a famous French singer in the last generation, said, "Avec un peu de merde et beaucoup de volonté, on peut faire des tas de choses." (With a little bit of scrap and a lot of willingness, we can make a whole bunch of things.)

Enjoy my work and create your own stuff!

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Rock your style

[FRANÇAIS]

Winda est une femme incroyable : une super maman qui gère même la commande de pizza pour ces enfants en Asie pendant qu'elle voyage en Europe. Une adorable photographe qui s'est récemment fait photographier par la grande icône de photographie de portrait, Sue Bryce en Californie. Winda possède ce charme naturel qui donne envie d'être amis avec elle dès l'instant de la rencontre !

Cette année, à une période assez dure de ma vie, Winda m'a encouragée, "Ce n'est qu'un moment de ta vie qui montre et qui prouve de quoi tu es faite."

A la fin de son séjour en Europe au printemps, je l'ai photographiée dans un studio près du Canal Saint Martin. D'emblée je savais comment j'allais la photographier : je veux du STYLE et du POUVOIR ! Le genre de pouvoir très souvent incarné par des représentations masculines, mais cette fois-ci, par une femme. Ce pouvoir qui est transformé en une force intérieure et beaucoup de confiance. J'espère que vous aimez les résultats !

J'ai eu cette chance de comprendre que c'est en renforçant les autres femmes que nous pouvons toutes atteindre le niveau supérieur : davantage d'amour propre, de confiance, de respect. J'ai trouvé la raison pour laquelle je brandis l'appareil photo avec autant de fierté !


[ENGLISH]

Winda is an incredible lady: A super mom who manages to order pizza to her kids in Asia when she is travelling in Europe. An adorable photographer who has recently been photographed by the great great portrait photography icon, Sue Bryce in California. Winda has this natural charm that makes you want to be friends with her since the first moment you see her!

When I was going through a very low period of my life this year, Winda encouraged me, "It's just a point of your life that proves what you are made of."

At the end of her European trip this spring, I photographed her in a studio close to Canal Saint Martin. I knew immediately how I was going to photograph her: I wanted STYLE and POWER, the kind of power usually incarnated by some male representations but this time with a female body, transformed into a form of inner strength and confidence. I hope you appreciate the results!

I was lucky enough to realise that it is by empowering other women that we can all rise to the next level: more self-love, more confidence, more respect. I have found the reason to proudly pick up the camera!

Happy woman / Femme heureuse

[ENGLISH]

Last month in Italy, I had the chance to photograph Louise, a beautiful photographer and mom who is based in West Yorkshire. 

She chose a gown that perfectly matches her hair and the color of the castle. I am happy she really enjoyed her time being in front of the camera.

I think every one of us leaves some of our story to people around us, bit by bit, every day. Every fragment of the memory we create is simply part of our legacy. 

I love these photos. I hope Louise and especially her kids will forever be proud of having them in their family collection!

Kayee

[FRANCAIS]

Le mois dernier, en Italie, j'ai eu cette chance de photographier Louise, photographe et maman à West Yorkshire.

Elle a choisi une robe qui va parfaitement avec ses cheveux et les couleurs du château. Je suis heureuse qu'elle ait passé un moment inoubliable devant l'objectif.

Je pense que chacun d'entre nous laisse un bout de son histoire à son entourage, un peu, tous les jours. Chaque morceau de ces souvenirs que nous créons fait tout simplement partie de notre patrimoine.

J'adore ces photos ! J'espère que Louise et surtout ses enfants seront toujours fiers de les garder parmi leur collection familiale !

Kayee

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