Where are you based?
How do you make a living?
What camera do you use?
Leica M6, contax T3, Mamiya 7II
How has travel made an impact on your life?
It changes everything. I take pictures like a tourist, mostly to create nice images and souvenirs but in a way, I feel that photography is a weak way to help you to remember. It creates images that become stronger than your memories and consumes them. With time, I find myself trying to recreate the memories starting from the picture, instead of including the picture inside the true memory.
What is your relationship to travel/adventure, and what does it mean to you?
Travelling is the closest experience I have to freedom.
A guy staring at me in Kiev while scouting locations for the music video “Solitude is Bliss” We directed with my team Megaforce for Tame Impala. Kiev has a dystopic feeling with its communist architecture and orthodox churches. This image summerize the mood I felt in this city and could basically be call melancholia” the snowy landscape to the bus: “On the road to Orust, Sweden. Gothenburg is surrounded by incredibly wild and quite landscapes. Exploring them are some of the sweetest memories of my life.
Stubble burning in Madagascar, on the road to Ifaty. I asked the driver to stop and I ran to take some pictures until I realised the fire was dangerously too close to me. The heat, the smell and the noise of the fire were really intimidating.
Above a storm, flying over Vietnam. Trust me, this picture would never look like this if it were digital. It cost me a lot but I can’t stop using film for that kind of reason.
Tourists having hard time to take pictures through the smoke at Solfatare near Napoli. This place is quite average, but the smoke always looks good on camera. It makes everything dramatic and surreal.”
The best fireworks I’ve seen were in Japan, this one was in Tokyo and got amazing pastel lights. I’m always amazed how japanese are good to organise the crowd in such big events. In France it’s always a mess and I avoid fireworks like Johovas witnesses.
Keelung’s national park is 1h from Taipei and has incredible yellow tinted rocks. Many other great landscapes are easy to acces from Taiwan’s capital. Yangminshan’s national park is beautiful and just 30min away from the city centre.”
A taxi grabs me at 5am in Taipei under a thin and cold december rain. Taxis are funny in Taiwan, they read the adress on your iphone with a small torch lamp, like it was a piece of paper”.
The ferry from Sadogashima to Joetsu, I’ve never travelled through such a quiet sea, it felt like oil. My favorite way to travel in Japan is going randomly to places that look interesting on Google maps. With the JR railpass, you can access almost everywhere for free at any time, it’s perfect for freestyle travelling.
On the road to Orust, Sweden. Gothenburg is surrounded by incredibly wild and quite landscapes. Exploring them are some of the sweetest memories of my life.