BELONG TO THE ARTIST
(MIRAMONO)Hi Théo, thank you for finding some time to make our interview. How are you doing lately? could you tell us a bit about yourself?
(Théo Delattre) I’m doing very well, thank you, I’m moving forward in my various projects. It’s nice to do what you like in your daily life. My name is Theo, Theo DLT for my photographer name. I’m a 29-year-old guy, coming from a sales background. I worked for 3 years at Saint Laurent on Avenue Montaigne as a Men’s sales associate, so photography did not come to me right away, it was more of an evolution that reflects my personal growth, on my quest to find who I am, where I’m going and how.
How did you discover photography? and when did you start to realize it would become a part of your life?
I discovered photography while being, to begin with, on the other side
of the camera. I was a model for 3 years, and as I got older, I no longer
found myself in the idea of posing but more in that of creating, so it
is a logical continuation to move behind the camera.
In my daily life, I’m pretty demanding of myself, I need to be able to go in the direction where I want to go, which is not always easy between wanting and succeeding. It sometimes takes time, so it took me several years to be able to understand who I was as a person and in my art. I think I managed to get there only in the past four months, where I finally find myself fully in my image even if I still want to bring it much further, the foundation has been laid.
How were your very first years in photography? did you have any idea of the topics or the things you wanted to shoot? how long it took you to get your current style?
As mentioned earlier, my first years in photography were more experimental,
I tried a lot of different cameras, colorimetry direction, analog then
digital then back to analog, I would say this was an essential personal
growth work to find myself in my current photo.
For a long time, I was only interested in fashion photography, this was the only thing I was considering. As I’m getting older, field photography, going to a country and shooting what I discover, the culture, the people… this is what I’m more and more interested in. I'd like to bring my fashion background into it by combining it with everyday subjects.
What does your typical day look like?
I left Paris one year and a half ago, I now live in the countryside 75 km away, so a typical day for me is organizing my schedule for the coming days, setting up various artistic and commercial projects, going to Paris, seeing my friends, my girlfriend, doing some shoots, organizing parties, visiting exhibitions, wandering to discover new places, looking for inspiration in different ways ... doing what I like on a day-to-day basis in the end.
What advice do you wish you could give your younger self?
If I could give advice to my younger self, it would be to give time to time, everything falls into place little by little, you need to trust yourself and your future. Sometimes, wanting to go too fast is more of a drag on your progress.
What has been your most powerful work in your own view?
It’s a rather difficult question to answer because my tastes and my personality are changing over the course of my life, I’m constantly challenging myself, and what I like today might be different tomorrow.
Could you take one of your photographs and tell us the story behind that?
Here is one of my latest photographs, which I really like. It was taken
six days ago in the field by my house.
Evening at home with some friends, on a whim we decided to wait for dawn in the early morning and take some impromptu pictures, right after dancing and partying all night, a beautiful way to start a new day I think.
Where do you get your inspiration from? is there any artist or photographer that particularly inspires you? which photographer would you like us to interview?
Many photographers are inspiring me on a daily basis, Fanny Latour, Ronan Gallagher, James Perolls, Louie Banks, Alex Huanfa Cheng...
And finally, would you like to tell us about future projects or promote anything?
I hope there will be many new projects. I consider myself a baby in photography and I still have many things to learn, to understand, to develop, to show, so I hope to keep moving forward :)