Interview with Maéva Lecoq

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Q: Tell us something about your life and yourself

I’m 18 years old and I live in Nantes but I often go around France joining my friends to discover new places to photograph. In a month, I'm going to attend the Academy of  Fine Arts. I’m an observer, diligent and I like working with my imagination. My principle is that everything can be a source of inspiration.

Q: When and why did you start taking pictures?

I started taking pictures in 2012 when I bought my first camera and I photographed all the objects futile or not that bumped into my sight. At the end, I realized that I was sensitive to all the things surrounding me and I had the will to capture all the moments I feel fine and mark them all.

Q: How do you choose your subjects? 

The subjects of my pictures are mostly my friends. I can say that they are my photographic art and that it is based on precise moments I share with them. I have very strong memories of certain images.

Q: Dreamy atmospheres and bright colors are a constant in your pictures. What does inspires you?

I catch feelings, emotions and I represent them like an explosion of colours in the environment.

Q: We do believe that every artist shows a part of their own personality and character in his photographs. What do you want to show in yours?

Photography is a way to mark instants of my youth. I tend to isolate my subjects to individualize them, to let emerge their deep unity and to reflect such loneliness of the human being in general. I want to push the others to open their eyes, to contemplate, to feel the beauty of the world in a gesture, in a position, in the light, in a reflection, in a space. What you can see of my personality in my work is a deep bond to my friends, a poetic vision of the world nearly cinematographic. In my view everything is beauty (or might be beauty) and extraordinary. I want to mention the music of a French artist that I admire so much and his name is Jacques (he composed a song called Tout est magnifique  https://youtu.be/AAdGGLIxrwM)


Q: Why do you shoot film? And which is your favourite setup camera/lens/film?

Shooting film is in contrast with the speed of digital and it reveals a kind of patience, something unknown, an interesting possibility and it allows me to be selective.

In digital I like the 50mm lens for its depth of field and it also has an interesting aesthetics.

Q: Do you have any upcoming projects?

In the future I would like to exhibit again my work and have an exchange views with my onlookers.

I want also to enhance other artistic forms that I’ve already started to practice (video, painting, performance, installation). My key word is experimentation.

At the moment, my photographic projects are stuck in my mind and I prefer not to talk about them until they are real.

Q: Suggest to us a film and a photographer

Photographs such those of Ren Hang, Nan Goldin, Lukasz Wierzbowski or Ryan Mcginley are significant. I suggest the film of Gaspar Noé Love for its poetry, honesty, the use of light and dark, the love for passion and intimacy.

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All images © Maéva Lecoq