Interview & text by Apostolos Mitsios for Yatze
Well, Grégoire, how did your passionate relationship with photography start?
My first attraction for images came through cinema that I studied for a few years. Although I was into cinema, practically I felt more confident with the photographs that I was taking at that time. I liked especially the fact that I could practice on my own. Photography didn't require the same amount of energy, money and self confidence that, by the way, I was lacking at that time.
Do you have any particular working process? How do you decide the concepts? Is there any team behind them?
I like to work on commissions. That gives me the impulse to do things, the basis to build on. Then it's a combination of thinking, feeling and mixing ideas and memories. There's no team behind the concepts but, at some point, there is a discussion with some other people involved in the project (set designer, stylist, model...)
The use of bold imagination is one of the trademarks of your work that is full of onirical details. Which are your inspirations?
My inspirations are very diverse. It can be other images, paintings, films or any other piece of art, but beyond that my inspiration is often photography itself and its possibilities and limits. I must say that I find the tool quite interesting.
Which is the biggest difficulty in order to maintain your artistic principles while shooting fashion editorials or advertisements?
The biggest difficulty is to develop another level of understanding in the picture without affecting the first main principle that consists in showing one specific thing. I like to bring photography a little further than expected. Advertisement is something quite different because I’m not the author of the creative part (that comes from the agencies), so don't consider it, neither I present it as my work.