Aug 08, 2016
Fabien is a French photographer and designer currently based in Paris. His works question our relationship with the landscape, especially on those troubled zones where both compete to mark their presence. On his series “Off Season”, Fabien depicts, in a beautiful picturesque style, beach holiday spas when they are not frequented by holiday makers, questioning the solitude, abandonment and transformation that experience these places.
Following we present an interview we had with him:
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
FF- My name is Fabien, I’m from the south of France but I’ve been living in Paris for almost 10 years now. I stopped my studies at 19 to start a career as designer and finally I am here, working for a 3D, simulation and virtual reality software company.
am - How did you start in photography?
FF - I have the feeling that it started in so many different phases during my life so it would be hard to choose only one. But for sure it was not a teenager vocation at all. The only thin red line was my need to write with the light. Maybe if I really have to speak about the start I would say that It started with short movies and naturally moved on to photography.
am - What inspires your work?
FF - Searching for the familiar in foreign places, and interrogate the reality of what I see.
am - How would you describe your photographs in 3 words?
FF - Painting, space, absence.
am - When you are not taking pictures, what do you do?
FF - I’d love to reply that I spend all my time reading Russian literature and French poetry. But I’m more used to drink beers and eat Spanish ham. I’m keeping all these brain food for the days I’ll not be able to eat fat food anymore.
am - If you could travel and stay in a place for one year, where would you choose to go?
FF - If I don’t reply Buenos Aires my girlfriend is gonna kill me. So let’s say Argentina, just to keep a bit of suspense.
am - Favourite songs / bands at the moment?
FF - Right now I’m listening at Lunomyr Melnyk - Marginal invitation. The perfect music for traveling in train.
am - What’s your favourite movie?
FF - Can’t reply precisely but it would probably be a Godard or a Tarkovsky one.
am - What are you reading at the moment?
FF - Russian literature and French poetry, obviously.
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.