In Paris for a photo-shoot, Candela Novembre meets and introduces us to Edouard Plongeon. While going around Père Lachaise and taking in a couple of films, they talk about photography, inspirations and passions in life

redmilk_-Edouard-Plongeon_imgWhat is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Feed my cat, because she wakes me up, and then I’ll do myself some fruit juice with fresh fruit. I take a shower, then listen to some music while I’m at it. And after I smoke a cigarette. Or I could shower first and then prepare some fresh juice.

What is the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
We won’t talk about sex. I believe maybe I smoke a cigarette and then I wash my teeth and I go to bed.

What is the first thing that comes to mind if I say “photography”?
What comes into my mind straight up, if I really want to be truthful… I think about Daido Moriyama or Bruce Davidson pictures. Some black and white images with lots of grain come into my head.

During a photo-shoot what is it that you enjoy most?
The making pictures part itself. It’s like making a movie, but you’ll make a small story with a few frames and lots of different people. You have an idea and then you make it happen. It works; it’s like magic; it’s cool, you are happy and everybody is happy.

And the thing you enjoy least during a photo-shoot?
I don’t enjoy things that look bad, at all. Looks that don’t really bring me any inspiration. Like, I’m looking at a bad outfit and I’ll be, like – too BAD. Besides that, I think everything is ok. It’s really a nice thing to work on a shooting.

Let’s play a game where you can create the perfect shooting, going to the past or the  future for inspiration, location, etc… How would it be?
I’m sure I’d go back to the Seventies, and do a photo-shoot with all the musicians I admire, or even Bukowsky or Woody Allen. I’m sure we could be good friends, as we share the same sense of humour. The location could be the ChelseaHotel in bygone days. Or we can even bring in Oscar Wilde, along with Vincent Van Gogh and some chopped ears.

Edouard is interested in…?
Music, photography, animals, wilderness, fresh juices, food, women, cars maybe now, art, painting, bacon, just too many things!

Edouard gets bored by…?
I get bored with money issues, money tax, some rules, but I know they are part of the fun. I just don’t always enjoy everything being about money, and so little about things that people feel passionate about.

If you were a super hero today, which one would you be?
Let’s go for Captain Orgasm and I also like Francis Bacon.

And if you were a mortal sin?

A dream for the future?
I’d like to live with wolves and horses and lots of other animals in a crazy ranch in Mexico, looking after children with no families. This would be the old version for Edouard… and as Peter Witkin, I’d take one photo a year.

Your favourite dish?
Huevos Rancheros…

Someone who has inspired you?
Lots of people. Above all, my parents. You are educated by them and you see them in all their creativity, listening to classical music and jazz all day, looking at life in an artistic way, so you appreciate it, and when you grow up, I think, you have already acquired this vision. The others who made me understand that I wanted to do something in my life are directors like Cassavetes, Jim Jarmusch, Scorsese, Godard…

Is there anything you would never wear?
I think people should wear whatever they want to and whatever makes them feel at ease. When people force themselves to wear something, that is the aspect of fashion that I don’t like. I love fashion when it suits the person. If something is ugly, but it is in line with your style and you like it, then that’s ok. That doesn’t mean that I’d wear it. Apart from that, I don’t think you’d ever see me going around in Crocs.