You’ve just won the Wallpaper Prize for photography at Hyères Festival. Are you reflecting on your work? I’m thinking a lot about what I want to do in my personal projects as I’ve been focusing more on editorials and fashion lately. The project I submitted to Hyères is my personal work. It’s about sex and the different ways of representing a subject that’s taboo and not that easy to talk about.
Is sex easier to photograph than talk about?
I wanted to use lots of metaphors and playful humor, so sex is not directly mentioned. It’s really a play with the viewer. And that’s how I think, even when shooting fashion. I really like playing around with subjects—the things that we experience every day and think we already know. I’m trying to keep a naïve, playful mindset in all of my projects.
Do you think you can ever be taught to be a good photographer or does it require something more instinctive?
I don’t think school is necessary, but it does really help your work. You’re surrounded by other creatives and that gives you the motivation to really produce. Your latest image is always what represents you, so you must keep going.
Do you like having your own photograph taken?
No, not at all.
This post is produced in partnership with 13 Bonaparte.