Aug 18, 2016
Romy is a French photographer and former model whose photographic works are sensual, erotic and provocative at the same time. Her Black & White images create timeless stories that resemble the liberation movements of the last century, revealing marks of challenge and an inspiring sense of freedom too. “The room got heavy” is an ode to sexuality, discovery and love.
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
RA - I live in Paris but I am from Les Sables d'Olonne, a small city near the Atlantic ocean. These days I spend my time taking pictures, dreaming of my next trips and working on three exhibitions to come.
am - How did you start in photography?
RA - I’ve been working as a model for lots of photographers for 5 years now and I’ve always meant to take my own pictures. I’m a slow and doubtful person, so it took me some time though. One day a photographer gave me his camera with one roll and said “now, shoot”. And I did.
am - What inspires your work?
RA - My inspirations are the people I love, nightlife and music. I need intensity and emotions. If there is one person I love to shoot, it’s my mom. Such an inspiring woman. My collection of photobooks about youth culture, mostly from the 80’s alternative scenes is also a constant source of inspiration.
am - What is “The room got heavy” about?
RA - “The Room Got Heavy” series is about my home and the people who make my days and nights so exciting. At the beginning I just wanted to show young people - mostly friends and lovers - as they were. Natural, beautiful, real. Nothing more. Now I’m working on a new series, "Nuit Blanche", still with people, but more sexual, more confident and maybe funnier too.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
RA - Anders Petersen, Antoine d'Agata and Joel-Peter Witkin. Also, Derek Ridgers for his strong portraits of young people, Gilles Berquet, who’s the best at photographing women… Directors Gregg Araki and Roy Andersson.
am - How would you describe your photographs in 3 words?
RA - Let’s say… passionate/cheeky/sensitive.
am - When you are not taking pictures, what do you do?
RA - Making love or dancing are the things I prefer but I’m also pretty good at doing nothing and laying naked on my bed.
am - If you could travel and stay in a place for one year, where would you choose to go?
RA - I visited Montreal this year and I could definitely live there.
am - Favourite songs / bands at the moment?
RA - I listen to Bauhaus, Nine Inch Nails and Spacemen 3 again these days, and a lot of acid techno.
am - What’s your favourite movie?
RA - "Head-On", by Fatih Akin.
am - What are you reading at the moment?
RA - I just read Riot Grrrls Chronique d'une évolution punk féministe by Manon Labry and I hope I can finish Dostoyevsky The brothers Karamazov before 2017 but I usually fall asleep when I read novels.
am - Do you have any project in mind that could be a personal or professional challenge?
RA - Yeah, well, I would like to make weird porn videos. And leave Paris for some time, open a squat and write a book about my sexual experiences. My mom told me it’s my mission.
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.
All images © Romy Alizee