AURORA GOES WILD WITH
unusual interviews in the Pussy Pusher’s style.
When did you decide to start shooting girls? What was your “mental process” behind the decision?
I think there is a complex mental process behind this activity, since the beginning. I was looking at nudes wanting to do some myself as I started photography. I looked at it as an impossible dream. I’ve always thought I couldn’t do it. Then I tried and tried and kept developping these shootings. So it was never a decision like “oh from now on I’m going to do this !” It is more something that came to me little by little until a day when I realised it was one of my favorite thing in photography. Later on I’ve realised I was one of “these” photographers who do that. Complex…
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
I usually suffer. Then I check my phone. But I’m trying to get cured on the last point.
Does your mother appreciate your pictures?
Well, she knows what I do and certainly she has a few images in her mind but when she wants to offer a print to a friend, it is more often a print with no naked humans in it. She loves my Polaroids of Paris and my flowers.
A movie that we should watch.
There are tons of movies you should watch but I think the rule is to pick up only one… mhmhm… “Down by Law” by Jim Jarmush.
Who is your “dream” model? Where would you love to set your shooting?
I have my muse. She’s called June. I have no dream shooting location. What I like is to be able to improvise in places I don’t know and that give me the possibility to shoot in natural light. A girl (or two), a place, a natural light… that’s all.
But I’ve been dreaming for years now about shooting in a indoors swimming pool that whould have natural light behind a huge glass and a “solarium” with filtered light outside… now that you remind it to me. I know a place but I don’t think the city of Paris will let me shoot there.
Are you keeping your work secret to someone?
I wish I could keep my work secret to the people I don’t like except to make them jealous.
Are you usually turned on by the model you are shooting?
Tricky question. There is for me an intellectual turn on when I shoot but nothing physical. When I grab the camera it is like I have no body anymore and I’m only thinking of what I’m creating as images. I think frames, techniques… It is important to me to put the excitation on that level to really make photography.
Name three photographers that you consider masters.
Josef Koudelka, Helmut Newton and Jean Loup Sieff.
Did any model ever get mad at you because she was looking “ugly” in your pictures?
They don’t dare : )
More seriously I’ve been lucky to only work with girls who know it is only their point of view and it is not the truth. Sometimes though they ask me to take a picture away. Which I almost always do. No madness.
What do you do in your free time?
I produce acid free paper boxes to stock my Polaroids. Photography is my free time.
What is the difference between a good nude picture and an amazing one?
The difference for me is in the way the first one interests me, makes my eyes move and makes me want to literally eat the photo, while the other one makes me want to go in another place without moving, put my eye in the position of loving not to be able to catch everything that is inside the picture. An amazing nude transcends all senses. It is almost like not feeling anymore, because of feeling too much.
Who is, in your opinion, the most overrated nude photographer? And the one who is not appreciate yet?
The most overrated photographer in my opinion is Terry Richardson.
There are plenty of not appreciated yet photographers on the internet, guys making true magnificent work at home with technique and style, doing it for passion, by pleasure, far away from the structured media. They are not appreciated yet but maybe being part of the “underground” is a good way for them to keep on doing it “real”.
Your biggest fault.
I say what I think without being careful for my own interest. (For example, if Terry Richardson reads this… 🙂 )
What does your partner think about your work?
It depends the partners we’re talking about.
Do you remember your dreams in the morning? Are you able to interpret them?
Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t. When I do I often try to interpret them by linking them to something recent that has happened to me. I try to see in which language one element could have been traduced in the dream language. But it is not easy and it increases anxiety. What I know for sure though is that some dreams of mine come back to me during the day when I see an element that reminds them to me. All of a sudden they come back with a certain clarity.
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