Can you tell us more about your concrete experience of the lockdown ?
I spend usually one day in NYC in my studio, the rest of the week in a farm in East Hampton Springs in Long Island. In NYC usually i don’t go out of the studio. Mostly mails, bills, invoices, emails,editing, etc. In the Hamptons I am definitely more outside.
Confronted to the virus since mid March, I could not test myself but had multiple symptoms for 4-5 days and managed to get out of fever, cough and muscular pains with Fervex (Paracetamol drug).
What is your personal state of mind ?
Feeling of serenity, connecting with family friends via social media or various telecommunications means. Need of cleaning, rearranging work spaces, classifying files folders, etc. Need to get outside and breath fresh air, see nature.
Never really bored, there is always something to do. I just miss meeting people and working with a creative team. I can connect with them but not really meet.
Does the lockdown experience have an impact on your art ?
Definitely ideas came out using social medias. Shooting remotely … The difference came because you can’t really meet and shoot with a team, hairdresser, make up artist, stylist, assistant...
More solo photography or intimate photography with just one subject. Inspired also more lately by landscape photography. Nature, still life.
Do you practice your art during the lockdown ? if yes, can you tell us about your new pieces ?
I definitely shoot much less in studio and more outdoor. Experimenting with my new Samsung 10 and iPhone 11. New desire to shoot nature and landscape, farms, animals etc…
And new ideas come up. I was approached by Levis USA with the idea to shoot denim jeans in a one photographer / one model mode : one denim jean to shoot free style in confinement, with no stylist, no hairdresser nor make up.
- Emmanuel Leprince