Can you tell us more about your concrete experience of the lockdown ?
I live in a small house in Grand Fond, the countryside of St Barth. The home life imposed by the lockdown is pleasant to me. I take the dog out, sometimes it is the other way around. Everything is very quiet in the vicinity. The sea is not far away. The air of the pandemic seems very breathable to me. I am healthy. I am fine.
What is your personal state of mind ?
I normally flee the unrest, foolish for me but vital for others, that often punctuates our lives. I have a bit of a feeling that the world in lockdown lives at my own pace. It makes me very peaceful. I no longer wear a watch on my wrist. I am reviving names from my phone book that had become speechless names. Going out to the bakery and the grocery store becomes an awaited moment like never before. It is not written on the shopping list but it is a moment of sociability. Contactless sociability, we avoid each other, we turn around, we talk from afar and we put on gloves. It is a little strange.
Does the lockdown experience have an impact on your art ?
None. Probably because no drama linked to the pandemic has disturbed my slow life. Life goes on.
Do you practice your art during the lockdown ? if yes, can you tell us about your new pieces ?
I have no inspiration to make photo-confined which consists of making a photo out of one’s cat, the ray of sunshine which crosses the kitchen or its shadow cast on a wall. On the other hand, I am able to do what I believe to love the most: take advantage of each outing to steal portraits of strangers and, a bit like a photo-reporter, testify to this spring-summer 2020 fashion where people parade gloved and masked.
- Emmanuel Leprince