Sep 17, 2019
Sophie is a French filmmaker and photographer who creates dreamy and poetic images inspired by light, films and her own moments. Having studied film, Sophie's images are highly emotive and always have a story to tell, i.e. they are very cinematic. In this way, in her scenes we can find persons close to her or contemplative landscapes, always framed by a clear observation of light.
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
SJ - Bonjour, I’m Sophie, a 27 years old French girl living in Paris. I studied at a film school and now I’m working as a video editor. I was lucky enough to grow up in a small city surrounded by one of the biggest forests in France, so I often feel the need to get away from the craziness of the city whenever I get the chance.
am - How did you start in photography?
SJ - I can’t remember a specific moment when I realised photography was going to be a big part of my life, but I know it’s always been there.
As far as I remember, I’ve always enjoyed taking photos and videos of everything that was happening in my life. Even as a child, my sister and I would take a camera and spend the entire day outside filming stuff. I’ve always been scared of how quickly time flies, moments are fleeting and events and experiences can be easily lost. For a few years now, I’ve been struggling with remembering things, and I guess that’s when photography started to take more of a place into my life as it’s a great tool for me to capture parts of my life, places that inspire me, people I love, moments I’ve lived.
am - What are your main interests as a photographer?
SJ - More than just capturing an image, I’m trying to freeze a moment, an atmosphere. When people look at my pictures, I want them to feel something, a mood, or emotion if possible. I want them to experience even a tiny bit of what I was feeling at the exact moment I hit the shutter button. Whether it’s the light, the colours, the wind, the temperature, I’m trying to make those elements as emotive as possible.
I guess you can say I’m kind of a daydreamer and my photos tend to have that poetic and dreamy aesthetic. I am drawn to photographing vivid colours and moments involving people or landscapes and I think there’s always something contemplative and melancholic about the end result.
I mainly shoot analogue. It’s a totally different experience and process to shooting digital, I like the fact that it’s slower and more considered as you can’t click 100 photos of the same subject and instantly review them. It forces you to be more selective and really think it through before you actually hit the shutter button.
It’s also important for me that my pictures really exist in a material way as objects and that they are not just files stocked on a hard drive.
Photos shot on film have that vibrant look that only analogue cameras can produce. I love the smooth and vintage look that it creates.
am - Where do you draw inspiration from?
SJ - I can be inspired by anything around me really. I really enjoy walking around without a particular shot in mind, as everything I see can become a potential source of inspiration. But I’d say lighting is what really draws me to capture an image, and how it transforms the subject and creates a particular kind of mood.
Having studied film in Paris, films and videos, in general, are also a big inspiration for me, so my images often also have a cinematic feel.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
SJ - I honestly don’t have a great memory for names, so I usually remember the image a lot more than who actually took it. Lately, I admire the work of people like Edie Sunday, Davis Ayer or Louis Dazy. Their pictures have that dreamy look that instantly catches your eye and creates a particular atmosphere.
Studying cinema made me mainly be inspired by directors such as Terrence Malick who has that poetic way of telling things, or David Lynch who handles mystery and contemplation like no-one else. Emmanuel Lubezki and Peter Deming are definitely two of the best DOP you could find on this planet, it’s just like they can create any kind of light and make it look so real and powerful.
am - What’s your favourite movie?
SJ - I don’t really have one. The way I enjoy a movie is directly related to the way I feel at the moment, so I can see a film once and hate it, and love it the second time I watch it if my mood and the atmosphere are different.
But if I had the choose one movie I could watch a hundred times, I guess I would pick "Interstellar" or "East of Eden".
am - What is your favourite photo book?
SJ - I don’t have one.
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.
SJ - Thank you again for this opportunity!
All images © Sophie Jourdain