One thing that I love doing is searching other people’s blog’s and sites to see what they are writing and talking about. There is so much out there to explore and see, that I find myself hours later still sitting at the computer clicking away.
This week, I had the chance to talk with Frederic, creator and photojournalist of the site “Easy Fashion in Paris”. I am a sucker for street fashion blog’s and this one tops #1 on my list. Paris is the mecca for everything fashion, so it’s not surprising that EFP captures some of the most chic and trendy individuals. Read below to find out how EFP got started and why it has been so successful.
Why did you start “Easy Fashion in Paris”?
I started EFP because maybe I am a frustrated Press Photographer (photojournalist) and in France, the Press is breathless. I was looking for new ideas. In the Press, new technology brings only disorder, no projects, no imagination and no chance for people like me to do things different. I had the chance to work in Japan for 3 weeks and was so inspired by the Japanese looks I saw on the streets of Tokyo that I decided to do my own blog on street style fashion when I went back to Paris.
Where do you take your pictures?
Paris is one of the biggest places for street fashion. I was born in Paris and I love this town. I know where to go to have a chance to find people. Most of the time, I stand in front of clothing stores selling vintage things and waiting for who seems to be the right stuff. During fashion week, I love to take pictures around the fashion shows and when it’s finished, I go back to the streets of Paris. I like to mix looks…supermodels and unknown people, girls and boys, sneakers and Louboutins, vintage and high-fashion.
How do you chose who you are going to photograph?
I am not here to judge people’s look. I just ask myself, is this look original? Is this person showing something that could interest people visiting EFP? Is she representative of what I see in Paris streets? And I mix with people wearing crazy things when I have a chance to find some.
What are people’s reactions to you photographing them?
I am not only taking pictures of people. I speak with them before and after. I want to know them for a few minutes. I ask some questions about fashion and life. At the beginning, they are a little bit shy but usually they don’t have much time and I have to work in a rush. Most of the time, they accept but not always. That’s the game. Sometimes I meet people several times and we remember each other and I take pictures again with a different outfit.
Where do you find your inspiration?
No doubt that Paris is inspiring to me. But I like to go out to meet for a short time people that I don’t know. I read a lot of things in their eyes, the way they speak and the clothes they are wearing. I like that. I find inspiration in the time I am living.
Check out http://easyfashion.blogspot.com for a more in-depth look into Paris street fashion. If you enjoy EFP also check out http://stylescout.blogspot.com/ for a look into London street fashion or http://stilinberlin.blogspot.com/ for fashion on the streets of Berlin.