„A guy who never really poses makes so much better pictures. Always!” – Exclusive interview with french phogorapher, Jey Tall. The post features a selection of Jey’s double expositions and one of his latest series. All analogue photography with no retouching.
As we know, you started to take photographs of your cat when you were a teeneager. And as you said before, you took so many that you had to develop a lot of pictures every week. Nowadays, do you think that you can be addicted in the same way to one model? Is there anyone you photographed several times?
Yes of course, working with people means having feelings involved. Sometimes you find somebody who catches the light in a way that you want, so you do a shoot over and over again. Plus the fact when someone is not shy at all and is open minded, it’s good to rely on them when you have an idea in the middle of the afternoon. You can just call them beggin’ them to let you come and take photographs. This happens more and more often, even if I’d prefer not to go the easy route.
So what makes someone the perfect model for you?
For me, a great model is a model who doesn’t pose. Someone with a big ego and takes lots of selfies is a big turn off for me. A guy who never really poses makes so much better pictures. Always!
How would you define the difference between digital and analogue photography?
Well, I always get questions like, “how do you do to have such a special atmosphere in your pictures?” From these types of questions, I understand that they can’t put their finger on it being from analog, all they “see” is that it is different. That’s what I like. For me, what makes the big difference is the “no retouching” thing. I really enjoy the fact that what I capture is reality and only reality. You can’t fake the truth with analog.
Which is easier for you and why? Work with an ex/lover or work with a total stranger?
I love to work with people I don’t know a thing about. I even refuse to have a coffee or a rdv in a café with a model before a session. The less I know about the model, the better it is. I need to have a kind of “seduction attraction” during a session. If I know the model too much, I don’t feel the same and result will be less impressive. But, you always have exceptions of course…. ^^
Are you the type who always carries a camera even if you just go for a walk, or do you prefer to set up and prepare yourself before a shoot?
Never prepare anything. I can’t prepare myself before a session! I tried to capture some pictures online thinking I can try the same but…the result was just horrible. That’s why I prefer having a session at a model’s flat. Everything is new; model and furniture. I will be 100 % inspired and seduced. That sounds strange, but being in an uncomfortable situation is a plus for me. The only thing I love and need is natural light. That’s the only thing I ask for before thinking about going to the model’s place.
Is there a personal connection between you and what you are hoping to achieve through your images?
Absolutely not. I just wanna capture a moment, feel the light on a model skin and be happy to see the model’s happy face when I give him the result 5 or 6 days after the session. Most of the time, I don’t really like the result; I need a few hours or days to appreciate it. Usually that’s the compliments of other people that makes me satisfied.
What is your opinion in general about social media, and “let’s share everything everywhere” kind of lifestyle?
Hahahaha, you will never ever find my face online! I think you have your answer. ^^ I only use social media to promote my art in an anonymous way. I really like the fact people compliment me or wanna work with me without ever having seen my face before! Today, I was working on a session with a French model in southern France. He never asked for any pictures of me before I entered his flat. Always so surprised about that, but at least, I feel like they like what I do more than who I am.
Aside from photography, what are your hobbies/passion?
I have drawn, taken pictures, been to museums… I guess art is my only passion (is also enjoying good wine a passion? hahahaha),but I really am into music too. In the past, I used to know all the albums’ titles and years released, band names, lyrics, etc… Now, I feel like the music industry is going so fast I can’t keep up with anything. I feel old. Oh and…I love plants and flowers; I guess I will be a great gardener in my old days. ^^ Maybe to hide cute guys in the garden and pretend to have a walk to observe them.