F*CK LE WORLD. Its 3:40 am. I literally just finished reading a blog post by a very talented friend of mine Cecile Emeke. Funnily enough I stumbled upon this article of hers strolling through the timeline, when I should really have been:
- Finishing off the work I was running away from
When she receives my twitter notification in the morning she’s probably going to think ‘why the heck is this crazy fella up at crazy o clock reading my inner musings?’ Or maybe just maybe, as a creative she’s up too. Who knows? Only time will tell, ironically.
Well back to the topic. There was a key theme within her blog post that really hit me, a topic funnily enough I was debating with my mentor, Natalie, earlier today. Quite simply I have turned into a perfectionist – which bluntly can be defined in other words, as a coward. I am scared. Yes I said it, I’m afraid. I’ve literally dedicated the past couple years of my life working on various projects which ultimately will not only act as a catalyst for where my life goes, but consequently shall also simultaneously shape what my friends, family, and familiars think of me. Everyone who truly knows me simply knows I’m a very secretive person; now it all seems to add up – I don’t keep things to myself due to the fact that I like to keep myself to myself. In fact quite simply, I’m scared of what people may think. How can a photographer who shares his work regularly feel this way you ask? Well you know what they say (whoever ‘they’ are), you never know what goes on behind closed doors. Nobody sees the indecisiveness attached to taking that leap to share your work, the countless ideas that never come to fruition, the opportunities you never capitalized on. Should I or should I not’s, will they like this, will they love it, will they even get it?
I truly believe that whoever ‘they’ may be, we need to point our middle fingers at them and tell ourselves that we actually don’t give a flying monkey about whatever it is they may or may not think, now truly is the time to take that leap. Literally, as Disney movie as it may sound, trust your instinct and go with your gut. I owe my art a lot in my life. I’ve come such a long way from a child. I suffered from some stupidly crazy eczema which had me questioning my very existence at times. It literally got to the stage where I would only wear long sleeve garments just to hide myself away from the world. Well now, can you imagine I’m a nude model (well I did it once and it was rather liberating so I guess I can claim that title.) Ultimately I believe everyone should become a nude model in their own right, whether that may be by doing something you couldn’t imagine yourself ever doing, or simply by speaking out when that inner urge within you wants you to. Don’t hold back. Your imperfections shape who you are so there’s no need to hide them. So now go back & scream the first three words in bold from this piece and smile.
(Mathieu is a friend of mine; This text was in an email he sent to me.)
In the last 5 years, we have witnessed the sudden and drastic rise in popularity of Street Style Photography, partnered with an ever-increasing blogging culture, meaning fashion is now more accessible than ever – Overall this is a huge plus, but it also comes with some negatives. Suddenly style itself is harder to characterise or even recognise because we are flooded with pictures of the same things day in, day out. Street Style imagery is a great tool in keeping things fresh and genuine because it involves real people, in real situations. It’s fashion in the field; Fashion on the ground. Street Style can be a constant and ever-renewing source of inspiration, but this is all dependent on a gifted photographer with their own eye for style and innovation.
27 year old Clément Pascal, born in Paris and now residing in New York City, is not just another man with a camera – He is a man with an eye; A style and artistic signature. He has an astounding gift for capturing calm, warmth, and serenity. In a city like NYC; full to the brim with talented aspiring photographers, what has helped him stand out? Why did Complex Magazine list him as a Young Photographer to Watch? What is it about his work that holds the interest of Fashion, Music, and Journalistic heavy-weights like ACNE Studios, Alexander Wang, Urban Outfitters, Dazed & Confused Magazine, Acclaim Magazine, The New York Times? If we are being honest with ourselves, in 2014 artistic talent and high work output often aren’t enough to propel you into the big leagues, especially big leagues such as these – So what else is it? In a sense, I believe this certain “x-factor”, or “je ne sais quoi” is something that can’t be articulated. Something you just know when you see, particularly in a photographer. More than just talent, you have to bring a fresh view. Your perspective and the way you portray people, products, buildings, landscapes – whatever it is – has to help sell an idea, or communicate some kind of message.
In a few short years, Sagan has moved ahead of the pack and proven himself as a photographer with a fresh vision, true work ethic, and lasting potential. His work has been exhibited in London, New York, and his home base – LA. He’s had photos published in books, magazines, across a wide range of online sources, and Complex Magazine recently listed him as a young photographer to keep your eye on.