Brandzaffair had the pleasure of speaking with New York City fashion photographer Julien Boudet; here’s what we learned. Julien arrived in NYC from France and graduated with a degree in photography from the acclaimed art school, Parsons the New School for Design. Inspired by legendary photo journalist Henri-Cartier Bresson, Boudet seeks to capture the ‘decisive moment’ in fashion. By using his natural eye for color and composition, he never fails to produce images that are emotionally expressive and visually impressive. In this interview, Boudet explains where his inspiration comes from.
Where are you from?
How does style factor into your life?
I believe style is an unavoidable factor in not just mine, but all of our lives. It cannot necessarily be defined and is completely subjective. My style, for example, defines me and makes me recognizable to others. People may question my cross earring or my primarily all black fashion, but these characteristics have created friendships, collaborations, and ultimately, my company, Bleu Mode. Without “style”, none of this would exist.
How long have you been into photography and when did you get started?
I started taking pictures when I first moved to New York in 2009. I primarily focused on shooting architecture, as I had never seen anything like the buildings of the city before. My goal was simply to capture the beauty of the city and share my photos with friends and family back home.
After a couple months, I craved more from photography and began to photograph eclectic people with style that drew my attention. Little by little, I got involved in fascinating projects and decided to go back to school in 2011 at Parsons the New School for Design with an emphasis on Fashion Photography. In January of 2013, my company, Bleu Mode, was born.
What designers peak your interest?
I prefer designers who have reinvented the minimal aesthetic, such as Damir Doma, Rick Owens, and Ann Demeulemeester.
What do you look for when you are taking photos in the street?
I am never “looking” for anything in particular. When photographing, I shoot what inspires me and what I hope can inspire others. This inspiration stems from my attraction to an individual’s personal aesthetic, rather than what is just “trending”.
Do you have a specific go-to outfit you love to wear when working?
As unbelievable as it may seem, I am not the type of person who plans their outfits. I always wear whatever feels right for that particular day.
How would you describe your style of photography?
“Style” is the style of my work. Style creates an individual, therefore when I am photographing “style”, I feel that I am showing their bones. Fashion Photography for me is not just the mode of portraying a garment, rather a mode for challenging and influencing others through the constant innovations in the fashion industry.