from the series “Betty Blue”

What’s your name, age and where are you from?
Leo 32 Paris.


from the series “Rod Serling”

A lot of your work is done traveling, what do you enjoy about going somewhere new?
It sounds cliché to say but it’s true that your eyes are more attentive when you’re in new places. It’s quite hard to me to take pictures in the place I live.


from the series “Rod Serling”

Where are you headed to next?
I don’t really know, I’m starting to miss Japan, I might go there in November. I would love to go to Socotra.


from the series “Sonny Rollins”

How do you approach shooting strangers in a place where you’re an outsider?
I try not to shoot people as in a safari like some tourists do. I avoid long lenses to be close to people and not to hide, also because long lenses look quite aggressive. I try to make people notice that I’m here and I smile to them when I take the picture.


from the series “Betty Blue”

On your website it says you “take pictures like a tourist”, but when I look at some of your photos they seem more in line with the tradition of street photography. Why do you choose to describe your photography this way?
It’s because I take pictures for souvenirs. I put my girlfriend and family’s pictures in the same bag as the streets and landscape pictures. In all the cases I try to make a nice or funny image that marks a part of my life. To me, that seems to be the tourist way of taking pictures.


from the series “Rod Serling”

It seems you almost exclusively shoot one model sometimes – do you ever feel limited shooting the same person over and over?
For my website/flickr I take pictures in a diary way, saying that I feel limited of having one model would mean that my life is limited by being monogamous. (She is a good photographer, you can check her pics on www.mainestor.com)

Aside, I take pictures of other models as a professional. For instance, with the collective Megaforce I belong to, we just shot the Two Door Cinema Club’s last album (“Beacon”) artwork (album and singles) and you will see that there’s an interesting model in it 🙂


Two Door Cinema Club cover


Leo

Shout-outs/Thank yous/Last words?
Thanks for being interested in my work. French kisses, american hugs and english cheers.