Visit California - André Josselin

 

Chuck NorrisPICTURES ARE LIKE MUSIC TO ME, ONE HAS TO FEEL AND TO STORIFY THEM. THEY ARE MY CALL FOR FREEDOM. I’D ALWAYS RATHER BE, WHERE I’M NOT. RESTLESS. ON THE SCOUT. I TAKE PICTURES OF MY OWN LONGING FOR MORE. FOR REMOTENESS. FOR WHAT IS NOT WITHIN REACH. WITH THE PHOTOGRAPHS, I WANT TO CREATE SOMETHING THAT STAYS. SOMETHING THAT SURVIVES. SOMETHING SOMEONE IN 30 YEARS WILL FIND IN THEIR ATTIC. I'M NOT LOOKING FOR AN ANSWER TO QUESTIONS I NEVER ASKED - THE INDETERMINATE EXCITES ME TOO MUCH. IMAGINE THE OCEAN HAD BEEN ENTIRELY EXPLORED, OR THE GALAXIES. THAT COMPARES TO AN END. IT MEANS TO STOP DREAMING. AND WHEN I TAKE PICTURES OR LOOK AT THEM, I’M EXACTLY AT THAT PLACE, WHERE THERE ARE NO QUESTIONS ANYMORE. ❞


What’s your connection with California?

Actually, there was never an obvious connection to California, but there was this desire to break out of my comfort zone and explore more of this world! and actually everybody is familiar with California because of all the tv series and video games, so I wanted to see this place with my own eyes -it was my first choice for a trip to another continent. and now, after being there 3 times in the last 1 ½ years I must say that I love it. it feels like a second or third home to me, especially Venice - I cannot get enough of this place and its spirit. and it's obviously very photogenic.   

 

How do you make people feel comfortable in front of your camera?

I am goofing around a lot. And I try to be as honest as possible. I think the connection between the two individuals (model and photographer) is essential for the outcome. I see so many pictures where nothing is transported, no feelings, no emotion or atmosphere. And I want to avoid that by being on the same level as the model - because both of you want the same thing and that is great visuals.  

 

Chuck Norris

 

What do you enjoy the most about your job as a photographer?

The connections, the places I can travel to, the freedom of choice who to work with, when to work and what to create in my free time. 

 

Which equipment do you use?

I got a lot of cameras, but not that much gear. I have a Canon 5d MK4, a Leica M240 and a Fuji x100f. I got some analog cameras as well: Leica Minilux Zoom, Canon A-1, Nikon F3. Mostly I shoot with 24mm and 35mm.

 

 

 

 

What’s the one thing on your bucket list (non-photography related)?

To get my shit together, haha. Actually, I am super disorganized and failing forward in life the whole time. But at some point to have like everything together, starting a family, being able to do what I do without any concerns and so on. I am really good at doubting everything and I wanna get rid of that. But maybe, just maybe this is why I can be the way I am as a creative. 

 

How did you get into photography?

I did not expect so many people to believe in me. I was doubting that this whole thing would work and I will be back to a regular 9 to 5 job very soon (which would’ve been my death actually). The biggest eye opener was to see, that my visual content works in a commercial environment and that is super interesting for companies because I guess they like my eye for things, and the authentic imagery that comes with it.

 

 

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