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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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20 years still together

[FRANÇAIS]

Cet été j'ai saisi l'opportunité de photographier mes amies de longue date qui vivent très loin de moi. C'est une expérience très touchante de créer des portraits des personnes que je connais depuis presque 20 ans !

Certes, le temps a laissé des marques sur chacune d'entre nous. C'est le symbole des évènements importants comme la naissance des enfants, le dur travail de longue haleine pour réaliser nos rêves, ou tout simplement la vie. De retour à Paris, seule devant mon ordinateur pour traiter ces photos, les larmes aux yeux, j'étais tellement heureuse de voir que nous sommes toutes devenues qui nous sommes aujourd'hui tout en gardant nos rêves en vie. 

Quand j'étais plus jeune, j'étais trop impatiente de voir où la vie allait me mener. Je demandais d'avoir le résultat avant même d'entamer le processus. 

Aujourd'hui, ces photos sont simplement la preuve que la vie est une belle histoire si l'on prend le temps de la laisser se dérouler devant nous. C'est un long parcours durant lequel nous évoluons un peu tous les jours. Et l'individu que l'on est devenu aujourd'hui est le témoins des valeurs qu'on construit grâce aux expériences et aux liens qu'on crée. Il n'y a aucun mot suffisamment fort et authentique pour décrire qui nous sommes. Mais une photo résume bien tout cela.

J'espère que vous aussi prendrez le temps de créer de beaux souvenirs avec vos amis !

 

[ENGLISH]

This summer, I seized the opportunity to photograph some of my long term friends living very far away. It is very touching to create portraits of people I have known for almost 20 years! 

Certainly, time has left some marks on each of us, symbolising some important events in our lives such as having kids, working long hours to make a dream come true, or simply life. Back to Paris, alone in front of my computer, teary-eyed, I was so grateful that we have all grown into who we are while keeping our dreams alive.

When I was younger, I was too impatient to see where my life would bring me, always demanding an outcome before even getting into the process.

Today, these photos are simply proof that life is a lovely story that takes time to unfold. It is about accepting a long process during which we evolve every single day. And the individual we have become today is simply the set of values built up with our experience and connections. There is no word strong and authentic enough to describe who we are. But a picture says it all. 

I hope you take time creating memories with your friends!

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