‘If you are taking pictures you can create the world you want to be in, or you can look at them and just escape from where you are.’
This week we introduce you to a dreamer. Having now modelled for approximately five months, the Rock Men model shows no signs of stalling. Edouard has a love for all the images surrounding him. This trait is possibly one of many reasons that has enabled him to enter into the modelling career he now sits comfortably in.
Growing up in the south of France, Edouard has been surrounded by photography for the most past of his existence. Describing his childhood as perfect, the model has tuned his mind to find a beauty in everything that passes his sight - even the ugly. Unlimited by the natural beauty of his hometown, Edouard has now moved to the capital of France and adjusted to the scenic habitat that is Paris.
Who is Edouard?
I’m French, I’m 21 years old and I’m from the south of France. It's a very very small place where there isn't a lot of things to do, but it’s very famous for photography there. I got into photography from being based there, which is good. I used to do night classes in photography and then hairdressing, which I’ve just finished.
Tell us the story of how you were scouted?
I wasn't scouted as such, a lot of people said I should try modelling. As I was doing photography I got asked by other people studying to model for their shoots. I then got in touch with a few agencies and here I am! I started modelling around five months ago.
What’s been your favourite part of modelling so far?
My favourite part of modelling is the photoshoots. I haven't done as many runway shows, so that's a bit scary, but I still enjoy it. I like getting into character wearing clothes I don't get to wear in my everyday life.
What are you passionate about besides modelling?
I am passionate about everything that is related to image-making. It could be make-up, it could be videos or pictures. I’m always looking for pictures and beauty, so I use the internet a lot to find all of that stuff.
Do you have a favourite image?
Yeah, I really like Tim Walker. Tim Walker is my favourite photographer and it’s weird because I like all of his work, but there is this photograph of all these pastel cats on cotton that I love. Everyone thinks that it’s creepy, but I love that image. It’s on my phone and everywhere. I like dreamy pictures.
Where do you think your interest in images comes from?
Ooh, that’s a tough question! There are many reasons. I think it’s like an escape. If you are taking pictures you can create the world you want to be in, or you can look at them and just escape from where you are. I like that. I like to be surrounded by all my images. I used to put them on my wall and everywhere, because I like to dream and imagine myself in different places. It’s also about beauty. You can fake things and make things look better. Sometimes I think I'm just looking for beauty and something more perfect.
Would you say it’s easier for you to be yourself in front of the camera or to be someone else?
I like to play different characters. I think it’s easier to play a character, because if someone judges your character you don’t care, but if someone judges you obviously there’s a problem.
What would you describe as beautiful?
It’s weird, because sometimes I feel like everything is beautifu, and sometimes I feel like everything is ugly and I don’t want to leave my house. I think everything can be beautiful, even the very ugly things can be beautiful. I really like to go for dreamy stuff all the time.
What’s your biggest dream?
To enter into pictures and stay there forever. I'd probably enter a picture by Tim Walker.
What makes you happy?
I’m a very happy person. I think music makes me happy, and I like to know that I’m doing something useful. I don’t like to feel like I’ve wasted a day.
What makes you sad?
It’s weird, because it’s a contradiction, but I think a lot of things make me sad. I’m happy in general, but a lot of things can bring me down. I think I can make myself sad quite easily. I don’t need others to drive me down.
Who would you say is a stranger you’ve met, but is now a big part of your life?
All the people that I meet are strangers. There is only one friend I have from my hometown that has come to live with me in Paris, so it’s cool. We get to see each other, but all the people I have met are new to me.
What’s your favourite thing to do in Paris?
I really like to go to exhibitions, which is cool and actually quite cheap. I like Paris. I really like the architecture. Sometimes I go out and I don’t have anything to do, but I just choose a metro station, get there and then figure it out. Jjust walk and see how it goes. Also I think fashion is great. I really like to go shopping and try things in shops. I probably won’t buy it, but it’s just cool, because where I’m from there isn’t a lot of shops for clothing and now that I’m more into fashion I get to experience more of it and have fun. I feel like there’s so many clothes, so I experiment more.
Do you have any favourite quotes or words you live by?
I like to say that you can never ask too much, because if you exchange with people you can learn a lot of things. I feel like sometimes we are too shy to ask for things. I think we shouldn’t be, because it has helped me to go for things. We shouldn’t be scared. It’s not that big of a deal, you’re just asking things. You can ask for bigger things and you will get something at the least.
Photography and Interview by Sophie Mayanne.
Words by Rachel Abebrese.