Romain Laurent Interview

Romain Laurent is a Parisian artist that we recently discovered and are totally blown away by. We will let his images speak for themselves. Enjoy! 1. What is your name and when did you start taking photos? My name is Romain Laurent and I started taking photos on a regularly basis when I was an art student, about 10 years ago. 2. Why did you start taking photos? I was a student in Design and a fairly good drawer, but I couldn't convey a moment or what I had in mind exactly with this medium. Photography, at first traditional B&W and then digital with a hint of postproduction, brought me the satisfaction of expressing myself properly. 3. What are some of your favorite moments in your career? It's hard to define specific moments. I would say whenever I travel and meet people on a project is a great moment. When I put the final touch on a series is a very enjoyable feeling as well. Actually, I remember having to shoot a sunset in Cape Town bay from a boat deck for a french commercial. We had a huge plastic bubble anchored in the middle of the ocean and we would have a 10min period of shooting, 15min break in a 2-3 hours time span so we would get all the different mood options of sunset. Being on that boat, shooting such a surreal moment is definitely one of the best moment! 4. What do you think is the future of your industry? Mmm, that is quite a hard question to answer briefly…. Overall I think it's exciting!  The digital age brought many new possibilities, video DSLRs made the borders of digital story telling even more blurry. Tools are evolving, mentalities are changing, photography is no longer a craft but more an accessible way of expression. Everyone can experiment, and that's exciting! 5. If you could, what is one thing would you do differently? I would not change a thing. I'm lucky enough to make a living from what I love to do, which most of the people don't. I'd rather think about what's next for m. 6. What is some advice for young artists trying to have a career like yourself? Try to find a balance between working your ass off to get a commissioned work and developing your personal style. Also never give up an idea if you think it's worth doing, and most important, finish it. 7. What is the next big project you have planned? I don't know yet, and even if I knew I would not tell until it's done.