Jul 27, 2016
Yoann is a French photographer and Biology student currently based in Paris, France. His work expresses freedom, adventure and the encounter with beauty in simple acts. Besides portraiture Yoann is attracted by topics concerning social movements and aspires to become a full-time photographer in the future.
Next we want to 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?
YL - Hello Daniel and thanks to analog magazine! Well, my name is Yoann Leveque, I am 22 years old and was born in Marseille, a lovely multicultural city in the south of France situated between the Mediterranean sea and the Provençal hills. I am currently studying Biology in Paris, but I’ve also moved a bit. Last year I had the chance to participate in an exchange program with my university to study in Scotland for a year. And next year I’ll finish my degree with a 6 month internship in a laboratory in Los Angeles, CA.
am - How did you start in photography?
YL - I started in photography 5 or 6 years ago when my grandfather gave me the camera that he used during the Algerian war. A few months later I found an old canon T90 in a shop and I still shoot with this camera today. I started with photos of my friends, my girlfriend or myself because in my opinion it was the easiest way to begin and to progress, but now I am more and more attracted by social subjects like strikes and people.
am - What inspires your work?
YL - I think I have been originally inspired by books. Tolstoy, Thoreau and even Kerouac built my idea of what Liberty is, and I use it later in my photography. I’ve been also influenced by war photographers like Don McCullin because his vision and his humanity touched me a lot.
am - How would you describe your photographs in 3 words?
YL - Natural, Spontaneous and sometimes… Engaged.
am - When you are not taking pictures, what do you do?
YL - To be honest, I don’t take lots of pictures. I only shoot with film and it costs a lot of money. So I spend most of my time walking the Parisian streets, or drinking beers with my friends in parks and bars.
am - What are 5 things you could absolutely not live without?
YL - Brain, Heart, Lungs, Kidneys, Stomach (my scientific side…)
am - If you could travel and stay in a place for one year, where would you choose to go?
YL - The Isle of Skye in Scotland. I had the chance to live in this beautiful country and I felt in love with this place. It’s the most peaceful place I’ve ever seen. The weather isn’t always great but the light changes quickly and the complexity of shades in the sky is surreal. If I could stay in a place for one year, I’ll definitely choose to go there
am - Favourite songs / bands at the moment?
YL - I’m going to say « POND - Man It Feels Like Space Again » a tripy song of 8 minutes, an ode to travel made by a psych-rock band from Australia, perfect for the summer!
am - What’s your favourite movie?
YL - Arff that’s too hard to choose. But I’ve recently seen « Mommy » by Xavier Dolan, it’s this kind of movie you can’t stop thinking about it even few weeks later. It’s about people, it’s about you, about me… A great movie.
am - What are you reading at the moment?
YL - Things: A story of the sixties by Georges Perec. It’s a French roman about the pursuit of happiness through the consumerism.
am - Do you have any project in mind that could be a personal or professional challenge?
YL - I am actually a student in Biology but becoming a professional photographer is often in my mind and could be a future personal and professional challenge.
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.
YL - Thanks to you !