TAKALA 2


About

I was born in 1980 in the Paris region. I studied literature, and in 2006 found my vocation by becoming a teacher of history and geography in a little rural school in Lot-et-Garonne. Having a father and brother who are engaged in graphic design and a mother who is a ceramics artist, I grew up in a creative world that encouraged and fertilised my imagination. At the age of 16 I started my first internship, at Pictorial Services in Montparnasse, where I learned to make enlargements on baryte paper. Encountering Guy Mandery at the age of 18 was a turning point for me: I abandoned my aim of becoming a professional photographer and on his advice joined a preparatory course for literature: “The work of a photographer can’t be learned at school, but only with a camera in your hand” was his conviction. During the six years of my studies I took few photographs, but my original wishes never left me. In 2005 I put an end this conflict, and symbolically my parents offered me my first digital camera, which replaced my old Canon. A year later I was hanging pictures for my first exhibition. This was the beginning of a total and absolute passion…