Julien Lallouette is a 25-year-old photographer from Le Havre in the North of France, now living in London. He started film photography about 5 years ago doing fine arts photography and working on different projects focused on human memory. Using expired medium format films, soaked experimental 35mm rolls or polaroids the result is never exactly the same to what was initially there, a similar process to how our memory works.
How did the idea for the series come about?
When I moved to London into my first flat there, the bedroom made me think straight away of the painting Morning Sun by Edward Hopper. A really small and simple room with nothing on the walls, big window and a white bed. On this painting you can see a woman sitting down and looking at the light. With this series I tried to re-create a similar intimacy/simplicity.
How do you approach these intimate shoots?
Always a bit differently. In London it’s quiet often with new models that you meet each other for the first time, so it’s really chill, I leave them a lot of freedom and try to keep it really simple.
Can we photograph the female body differently in a more powerful way?
I think that’s the best thing about film, each roll is always different depending on the light, the grain, the person, etc … I don’t know if we can call it more powerful but I think it gives the pictures something more real.
What inspires you?
A lot of different things, books, music, artists (Oscar Munoz & Brigette Bloom at the moment), anything that randomly catches my attention and I keep it in mind and try to make a new series/story from it. Also right now I’m reading The Perfume by Patrick Süskind and I’m thinking about making a new series inspired by it.
How would you define beauty?
Film or digital?
Film! I still use digital for work when I need to get something done immediately, but for all the rest it’s film. I really like ‘the wait’ thing about it, the fact you can forget about your pictures until you develop/scan them.
What makes you happy?
Travelling, I just came back from a trip all around Iceland and I really enjoyed it. Also going back to the North of France.
What’s next for you?
At the moment I am trying to work on similar series with different magazines & models in London. I also try to keep working on my series of experimental soaked films Silversoaked, and hopefully finalise a book about it some time next year!