When I shoot pictures, it's more of a little island in time, I shoot, make the best of those 2 hours or so, and then wont meet the people ever again, most probably.

05.02.2020

Get to know the multi-talent who has a liberating open approach to creative execution. Damien Vignaux.

Where does your creator joy come from?

- Creating beautiful images and stories, mostly. I tend to like more and more film projects because they give me the ability to develop topics furthermore.

When I shoot pictures, it's more of a little island in time, I shoot, make the best of those 2 hours or so, and then wont meet the people ever again, most probably. So it's interesting to see what you can capture of them, and make the best out of the circumstances. But I learn to love more and more the preparation work that goes into a shooting day in film, where everybody gathers and has to be super efficient and driven.

What is the most exciting thing art and photography have in common?

- Photography is a form of art, as any other visual language is. So I don't think you can oppose art and photography.

Photography is a means for art. It certainly conveys emotions, and is a vibrant tool for story-telling that, I think, perfectly fits our age of over-consumption of content.

Photography is immediate and emotional. That makes it powerful and intriguing. But it certainly has its limitations.

How would you describe your personal style?

- I have a very experimental and spontaneous approach so I leave a lot of space to whatever could happen.

That's why I like test shoots a lot, because you meet people you don't know, they bring what they want, and you dont know what the weather or even the place is going to be.  It can also be frustrating not to have a certain level of control, but mostly it's challenging and liberating. And I see it as the best way for not repeating yourself too much in what you are comfortable shooting.

I'd also say my style is very "layered" because I like to mix influences, colors, styles and even formats, obviously.

Can you tell us briefly about yourself, your background and your business?

- I often jump from a thing to the next because I meet interesting people offering me opportunities in a direction or the other.

I started doing editorial illustration, then saw an opening in Vjing that was a trend in the early 2000s, so i tought myself motion design. Those where my main activities for almost 10 years.
In parallel, I started photography as a geek, doing a lot of dark room and landscapes exhibitions and only started working with models and agencies when I moved to Berlin in the late 2000s.

Somehow at one point all of those passions came together with directing, because Berlin was truly a place encouraging that (lots of resources, locations, talented people to network with, and a bunch of production companies) and we developed our studio with my wife Jacqueline.

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