Monday, 14 February 2011

TOI, TU VAS BIEN? OUI, TRES BIEN by Joséphine Elvis

Born in France, Joséphine was surrounded by a very artistic family. At the age of 8, she owned her very first camera. Few years later, she studied photography in her hometown, Chalon-sur-Saône – the cradle of photography. At 19,  Joséphine settled in London where she then graduated with a BA Honours Photography with London Metropolitan University.

Her belief in social change led her to document on related issues such as slums in Tanzania or the Aylesbury Estate which is the UK’s biggest social housing estate.
Performing arts photography, especially dance and theatre are also a great source of inspiration to her. She actively participates to festivals and provides images for various theatre companies.
Joséphine now works as a freelance photographer between London and Paris. Her work was recently exhibited at the Parfitt Gallery in Croydon.

Joséphine was looking for a much younger guy than me - someone with long, dark curly hair - so that she could photograph him and superimpose the photos into a comic strip. I made contact and so she found another comic strip featuring an older, grey haired man whom, ironically was a lawyer. The shoot at her college studio in Holloway on 3rd May 2008, was great fun and, with the help of her friend, Anna, we even got the tie to fly.

The title of the photograph is taken from the screenplay of the wonderful film "Les Parapluies de Cherbourg" directed by Jaques Demy and sums up how I feel these days.


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