Artist Photographer lnterview
Name: CÉCILE PLAISANCE
Age: Don’t Remember
College: UNIVERSITY DAUPHINE PARIS (DEA of Firm Diagnostic)
Color: NOT A COLOR BUT BLACK
Book: “Celle que vous croyez” de Camille Laurens (French author)
Movie: 21 GRAMS ( from INARRITU)
Quote: “ I want to be Barbie, the Bitch has everything”
For how long have been in photography? How did you start? I studied Economics and Commerce, graduated with a DEA diploma from Paris Dauphine University. After that, I worked in finance for 10 years on the European market. Happy and in love, I then went on a world tour ending up in the United States, where I lived for 18 months. I then worked with my husband in the IT sector. During that entire period I always had my camera with me; I took a huge number of photographs: places, faces, groups of people, unusual objects, ethnic objects, creating a personal bestiary of souvenirs along the roads and across the seas I’ve travelled.
I have also spent a great deal of time designing and decorating all these places we’ve lived in, sometimes for only a few months, but more often for a number of years.Furniture, fashion, jewellery, finery, artisanal objects, I’ve amassed so many things in my life that a hangar wouldn’t be big enough to contain them all!
Since 2008, I dedicate my time to photography.
How would you define yourself as an artist? As a Feminist Artist.
Beyond the myth of woman as object, I wanted to uncloth the idol of our childhood, as a kind of gesture of support for women around the world whose rights are not respected. Like bare-breasted women, now liberated, defending their rights, their desires, their conquered freedom. My photos do not show the newspaper read by busy women still wearing their sexy underwear, the black dress worn by reserved women, the nun’s outfit, the burka worn by veiled women … But, we should be careful, one woman can hide another! Beyond cultures, clothes and life paths, women aspire to live their multiple lives fully and intensely. No Taliban is going to stop this dynamic …
Where do you find inspiration? Every where. Since I started photography, I see everything as if I had a camera with me. Information, publicity and actuality play an important role.
Who has been the greatest inspiration in your life today? Obviously, there are a lot of them. We’re surrounded by so many splendid things; we just need to open our eyes to them.
Nevertheless, if I look at what informs my current work, I see that Pop Art painting plays a preponderant role, with artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Jean Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Jasper Johns and, more recently, Julian Opie …
There are also influences from Pin-Up illustrators like George Gross, Kiraz et ses Parisiennes, Edward Runci, Alain Aslan, Grim Natwick, the creator of Betty Boop, and Eric Stanton …
The sculptor and painter Mel Ramos, with his pin-ups emerging lasciviously from peeled bananas or perched on giant cigars, Niki de Saint Phalle and her blow up “birds” and papier mâchés females …
Also, I’ve always liked Pirelli and Playboy calendars … All this popular culture approach to representing sexy women, provocative without being vulgar, their sensible clothes hiding their forwardness, these women, presented in successive eras as “ideal”. It’s interesting to see how they change over time. Unless it’s men who change …
What for you is the most enjoyable part of your photography? Above all, I try to show that life can be enchanting if you know how to have fun … I hope that people get a sense of how much fun I’m having myself … Life is miraculous, and we have to have a sense of humour, whatever happens.
But my photos also enable me to deliver a message. In my view, all religions have the same value; there isn’t one that’s superior to the others. And, above all, there is no religion that can justify flouting women’s rights. Women should be equal to men and should be free to do whatever they want with their image and their bodies. I dream of a world where women could take back their Liberty, wherever they live around the world and whatever religion they have. In 2017, no woman should be afraid of going out alone, of driving a car, of listening to music or having a drink in a bar with some friends. No women should be afraid of wearing a mini skirt in the street…No women should hide in a house waiting for her husband to come home.
Is Brainstorming not the only creative method use to create new concepts?
Please could you tell us about photography and digital technology?
A little inspiration and a lot of work. Preparation, make-up, styling, lighting, post-production.
Every image requires many hours of preparation and retouching work. I have become very adept at Photoshop. Every image needs around 50 hours of work.
What type of camera do you use most?
What is your favorite lens?
I work with lenticular prints, superimposing images, leaving the Barbie doll or the model to undress depending the angle from which we view the photo.
I work with 100 M digital Phaseone Camera and a 35mm Schneider Lens. I also have an 85 mm.
What has been your most memorable assignment and why? Lucky I don’t have any assignments. I work when I want and how I want. I shoot what I think can appeal to my public and deliver the message I want.
What are your favourite three images you have shot recently? The nun because she incarnates transgression and grace: The Nun (series 2013). Nun & Baby (Series 2014) and Nun Smoking (Olga Series 2016
How important is an awesome website for your business? It is a Vitrine. If it is not easy and simple to surf in it and not nice looking, then it is useless.
What’s the most important quality a photographer needs to have? Nowadays, Photographer have a lot of assistants. They don’t do the set-up, the lighting, the postproduction anymore… For me an artist photographer should be able to do every step of his work.
For me it is mandatory.
I do everything myself.
Which of your projects has given you the most satisfaction? All of them are great. But working with a real model is maybe the best experience I have had.
Define Klassik Magazine for the audience? Chic and elegant.