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Published in Docu Book Vol 4.
Best of Documentary & Street Photography
ISSN: 2814-9033
Digital publication (ebook)
 

Interview & Photographs: 

Laurent SPADOTTO

Tell about yourself a little bit… How did you become a photographer?

Born in 1972, I live and work in Bordeaux (France). I am a self-taught photographer and have been interested in literature and still and moving images since childhood. In the early 2000s, I wrote and directed several independent short films.

In 2020, I thought a lot during the pandemic. I decided to change my career. I need a new challenge before I get too old. I need to express myself, again.

For 13 years I have worked in the service of people. I stepped aside to help them express themselves. As a radio journalist, I have run many radio workshops (with young people, persons with disabilities and elderly or isolated people). A gratifying and useful job but I felt the need to express myself before it’s too late. I was lost, I didn’t know where I was going. I felt cramped, I no longer believed in what I was doing and in myself. A decision needed to be made. Then, I decided to become a professional artist photographer. A risky but necessary challenge for my well-being… To feel free and alive, again.

For me, photo is a mirror or a window, often both. There is always a part of me in my artworks. It’s a real means of creation, expression and sharing.

Quite solitary, I also like to spend time in the company of friends I’ve never met: a heteroclite tribe where you find C. Bukowski, A. Titarenko, D. Arbus, D. Lynch, A. Hitchcock, G. Orwell and many others. With a special affinity for Jean Cocteau. Very early on, I followed his advice, “What the public reproaches you for, cultivate it, that’s you.”

What has been the biggest lesson you have learned as a photographer?

That feet are the best zoom lens…