GMARO Magazine - Interview & Quentin de Ladelune
The boy in the grass
Photographer：Quentin de Ladelune @quentin.de.ladelune
Model：Jass Reemann @jassreemann
Model agent：Sage Management @sage_mgmt
Styling：Quentin de Ladelune @quentin.de.ladelune
Make up : Quentin de Ladelune @quentin.de.ladelune
Where are you from Originally? Give me a brief description of your career trajectory – professionally trained or not, opportunities that led to breakthroughs.
I am from France. I lived in Lyon for four years to study art and then I moved to Paris three years ago. I decided to stay there cause this city has a huge place in the fashion industry and is well know across the globe. Therefore it’s a perfect place to evolve as an independent photographer.
What is your creative Mantra? Like what do you live by to stay on the cusp as a creative image maker?
Well, I remain really loyal to the aesthetic that I care about. I like the fact that an image can release some kind of poetry and I mostly think that the world needs it. Especially in the times, we live in nowadays. I also cherish the idea that people can escape in some way through my work. That’s why I am always seeking for new faces or clothes that can solidify my universe.
How important are early references to fashion, music and other culture to your creative process?
As I previously said, I really care about my vision of aesthetic. I constantly take my inspiration in various fields such as runaways, photograph, movies or artist. I care about a lot of art domains. When something caught my attention I’ll remember it for life, I know it can be useful at any time. If I had to make a list I would say that I am inspired by John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Ulyana Sergeenko, Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, Jacques Demy, Egon Schiele, Joaquín Sorolla, Claude Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec. Unconsciously those references inspire me and help me to reinvent myself every single day. To concretize my universe and make it more personal and singular.
How do you feel fashion is influenced by our culture and or vice versa if you feel the culture is influenced by fashion and entertainment, how?
Fashion and culture always work together. The changes one of them can undergo will always affect the other. See how the emergence of rap music had an impact on the spread of the street style. Fashion is also what relate people with their times. Therefore I’ll say they are complementary.
What is the best way to describe the working relationship between you as a photographer and your stylist on any given project? How important is that related to the success of that project?
I don’t really work with stylists for now. I like to have a hand and eye over my work. I pick all the pieces that I want to work with myself. I only started recently to ask agencies for materials.
What are some of your favorite magazines to shoot for and why?
Until now, I’ve never had enough trust in me to send my series to magazines. I worked with Fucking Young! For London’s men fashion week in January. One of my dreams is to work with Vogue Italia and Vogue British one day.
To date what do you think is your most memorable shot and why?
The series that matter the most to me is the one I am sharing with this magazine. That’s why I am a little moved to publish it. I had a real attachment toward the model. It was a huge professional crush with this Estonian model. He perfectly understood what I wanted and he knew how to express that through my lens. I will never thank him enough for trusting me with this project.
In your opinion: what does a stylish – photography duo have to be in order to be considered visionary?
In my personal opinion, a stylist is here to complete and intensify the photographer’s universe. I think it’s not really necessary for them to fit as a duo to create something special. We don’t have to always be visionary in our work. Creativity can lead to various paths.
What are some of the depths that you need to go to in order to stay in a constant mode of innovative creation?
I am not always looking for innovation. I follow my time. My inspirations evolve as well as my work does. It constantly grows and become more mature. It’s important to learn and see what is made around us, to document ourself, see what the stores are making and what commons people likes to wear. Updating and improving but always keeping a personal touch to it. In this industry, you always have to seek for new faces, new ideas. Fashion doesn’t wait for you.