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BY ROCHELL "E"
FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER
ERIC GUILLEMAIN



 

have always admired great photography and wanted to get in the minds of those who create amazing work and master pieces.  Eric Guillemain, is another fashion photographer that has an in-depth skills and understanding of photography and his work.  In this interview you will learn more about his concept of his work and how his career as a photographer came to a surprising reality.

 

  

HOW IT ALL  BEGAN

It never has been my intention to become one really. I was a singer in a French rock band called Venice back in 2003. I did my first step in photography while assisting friends of mine already working in the fashion industry. But for me it was just a money job. At that time I didn't have any clue of what was going on and was more there as a casual observer. I am not sure I changed that much since.

 

BEING INSPIRED BY LOVE

The more I am in love or inclined to love, the more I am getting inspired. But what is crucial is to stay faithful to the moment. I personally only trust the truth of the moment over any bright idea I could have had prior to a shoot. In the present time when the moment comes and contradict all of your expectations you need to obey him. Be totally absorbed in him.

 

POLAROIDS & PORTRAITS

A photographer friend of mine was having a go and see at my place and couldn't make it at the last minute. So I filled in for him and took some polaroids of the model who happened to be young debutant Agyness Deyn. She acquired a big status some weeks after that being shot by Mert+Marcus. In the meantime my little session kind of spread on the internet. I had a call from Vs Magazine. they wanted to test my raw approach on celebrities. So I began with shooting Lou Doillon, Milla Jovovich, Vanessa Paradis…Everything went quite fast after that. Other people liked my photos and started to trust me whenever they were in need of some portraits shot in the most simple and honest way.

 

PERCEPTION OF WHY HE HAS AN AGENT

The planet "Business" is at the far opposite of my galaxy. And some hundred millions light years from my heart. So I need some superior intelligence kindly provided by my agent in order to send some signals toward the Great Unknown.

 

 BORN TO SING BUT 'SURPRISINGLY' PHOTOGRAPHY WAS CALLING

I was a singer since age 14.  I had always struggled like crazy to get some recognition in my country.  At least just enough to pay my rent. Finally I've been thrown in the dirt far from home like some miserable outlaw.  So you know when people began to come knocking at my door and asked me for "photographs" I thought it was a big cosmic joke. I felt like I was receiving an answer to a question somebody else's asked…Like an error from the post office : The right letter in the wrong box.

WORKING WITH PETER LINDBERGH

Working with Peter Lindbergh was a logical continuation of what was curiously happening to me.  It fitted the pattern.  I was finally entering lucky town. The way Peter deals with the moment, his commitment to the real was so impressive but yet simple and so evident in the same time. Like cooking a sunny side egg.  But that egg was a magical one.  On a shoot with Peter Lindbergh you understand the importance of what it is to be faithful and devoted to the moment in a quasi-mystical way sometimes.  This is what you often experienced on a shoot with him: If Peter needed rain for a picture then the rain would fall. If it was important to get some sunshine on a particular shot, rays of sun would break through the clouds. Believe me he is not only a master of photography but the Moses of photography.

 

MOST MEMORABLE

It was the first time I experienced that kind of magic for myself.  I was on an advertising job with a very low budget. We were shooting in Paris during winter. Temperature was 25 F overcast with some snow.  But my client needed a summer feeling of course. So what can you do when you need 18k hmi's and you just can afford a quantum flash?  Well forget about being a photographer and turn yourself into a shaman. I started to shoot with a big smile and suddenly the clouds began to disappear. The sun was full on and smiling with me.  Nobody could believe it as it was in total contradiction with the depressing weather forecast we had for the whole week. I kept on shooting following the script. And at the very moment we were done. I swear to you the grey was back and it started to snow again.

 

LOOK FOR IN AN ASSISTANT

I am always looking for a good friend if that is possible. Someone you can talk to. So I can be more loose and less in my thoughts. Somebody with a heart inside of his chest.  And speaking other words than just zeros and ones.

 

WHAT MAKES A GREAT PHOTOGRAPHER

A great photographer is able to shoot a million photos in a million ways, but in the end he chooses to just shoot one and in some unique way.

 

ADVICE TO PHOTOGRAPHERS

Don't think. Just shoot. Play it nice and always stay healthy. 

 

   

 

 
 

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