For Joséphine Löchen intimacy is what makes photography interestering. The French photographer is originally from Paris, but most of her childhood she grew up in a small village next to Marseille. Now she lives in Copenhagen with her husband cabinetmaker Søren and her baby girl Loulou.
WHEN DID YOU START PHOTOGRAPHING AND WHERE DOES THE PASSION COME FROM?
I remember being passionate about all kinds of photography from a very early age. I could spend hours reading art books and magazines and finally collect them in scrapbooks. After high school my parents got divorced and I came back to Paris to start my studies. The cosy nest I knew was not anymore and I had to find another way to express my fears and feelings. Photographing people is a way for me to capture emotions. When I turned 15 my dad gave me my first camera.
HOW HAS GROWING UP IN MARSEILLE FORMED YOU AS AN ARTIST?
Many times I heard : Marseille is a city that needs to adopt you before you can feel comfortable in it. Not the other way around. And this is really true. There is a certain way of life that you have to observe and understand before really enjoy it. People are so kind and generous but you need to understand them to be part of the community. You have to understand their culture, their body language, their stories, their traditions. Marseille is a one of a kind city. It can be rough but there is so much beauty in it because of the diversity, the people and the traditions.
YOUR PHOTOS OFTEN HAVE A STRONG INTIMACY. WHY IS INTIMACY SO INTERESTING?
Intimacy is when someone abandons himself to someone else. It's probably the most important thing for a portrait photographer. Intimacy does not lie and is not artificial. I think photography is precious and beautiful when it does not lie too much, when the subject remains genuine. It is a tool for me to explore the world and people.
AS A PHOTOGRAPHER AND ARTIST YOU WORK AS A STORYTELLER. WHAT MAKES A STORY A GOOD STORY?
For me, a strong and relevant image is like a painting. It's all about composition, light, colors and intimacy when it comes to portraits. I also think it has to be very personal and pure to tell a good story.
WHO AND WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
I mainly draw my inspiration from paintings and cinema. From paintings for example I find inspiration from the composition and the frame. As for the cinema I get inspired by muses, lights and atmospheres.