Anne Sophie Landou
Anne-Sophie Landou is a 27 yo French girl, based in Marseille. She was born in Toulon and She has Corsican roots, a real Mediterranean product.
“What you should know about me and how photography saved my life.
Words are my first love, but I have always been fascinated with images (movies, magazines, painting etc…). I grabbed a camera ‘for fun’ when I was a teen, I used to play with disposable cameras and I borrowed my parent’s first digital camera, a little Olympus when I was 14. In my head I wasn’t even ‘taking pictures’.
Photography became serious to me in high school when I got sick. I suffer from anxiety and chronic depression. For a year, I took intimate pictures of my closest friends, pictures of my family, of my dog, a lot of self portraits, and it literally saved me. Then I got in law school (!), I don’t know why! Well, I have a law degree in economic law but the camera never left me.
I’m not currently able to work; I shoot every day though. Digital, analog, reflex, compact, smart phone, whatever the medium is, ONLY IMAGES MATTER TO ME.
It’s an instinctive process, I never think in terms of ‘series’ or ‘concept’. I shoot what I see, what moves me, beauty in the ugly, a dog, a reflection, bathrooms…”
“I happened to be a lot at home those last three years. Shooting my nest, which was also kind of a prison, freed me and helped me a lot. I still shoot a lot of indoors, including my friend’s and family’s. These homes, where life actually happens, are to me the most poetic portraits you can get from a person.
I don’t picture myself as a ‘street photographer’ or a ‘conceptual photographer’, neither an ‘intimacy photographer’; I just shoot. I’ve been using flash a lot lately, it’s so raw, it’s like the camera is screaming.
Photography is a lifestyle. I also curate few groups on Flickr, and I almost enjoy it as much as taking pictures.”
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