Jim Rosemberg is a Paris based artist, working as a fashion photographer and videographer. For the past years he has worked with many ready to wear and high end designers as well as musicians.
How did the idea for the series come about?
I have been shooting models for quite a long time and to be totally honest, I kind of got sick of it. As a fashion photographer, you meet lots of different people and it’s not that often that you connect with them on an emotional and intellectual level. It obviously depends on what you’re looking for. Sometimes, futility is exactly what you need. Though, I got tired of working with the same kind of character. I believe my favorite kind of people to photograph are artists, people that are intensely creative. Before shooting this series, I had stopped for a while my personal portrait projects as I couldn’t see nor feel the purpose of it. I was also extremely busy with my commercial work. I contacted Sara through Instagram as I found her profile, her face and her personality interesting. A friend of mine lent me her apartment she just bought, totally empty. The light was incredible that day and we were taking pictures for a couple of hours, we had a great time. Sara is an actress and writer, you should check her work, she’s great.
Can we photograph the female body differently in a more powerful way?
That’s the kind of question I ask myself on a very regular basis. More globally, can I photograph in a better and more powerful way and what is the impact it will leave on myself and on the viewer? I obviously believe we can always do better.
How would you define beauty and what inspires you?
My concept of beauty has evolved a lot these past years and I am always searching for beauty in things and people. For me, beauty is an emotion that is palpable and constantly changing. Beauty isn’t stagnation. I’m inspired by people’s stories, I love traveling and I’m very lucky to also work as a travel photographer and videographer. I create movies for travel agencies and tourism boards. I love looking at people, see the way they live. It doesn’t matter if it’s on the other side of the planet or here, in a small Parisian flat.
Film or digital?
I shoot all my personal projects on film and polaroids. Digital is for commercial work only. It helps me dissociate work and passion.
What makes you happy and what’s next for you?
For the past 12 years, I have also been writing songs and performing with my bands over France and Europe. That makes me extremely happy. I am currently working on a solo project and I’m planning on releasing some tracks around March. I have also quite a few photoshoots to come with brands and some travels around Morocco, Philippines and Nepal. I’m a very lucky person.