Photographer - Business Maker
Margaux Camelot is a sweet French girl born and raised in Limoges, France. Crazy passionate about photography, she has a natural artistic gift and she's able to inspire anyone who cross her path.
I have so many things to say about Maggy... First she is my oldest friend. Second she is one of a kind. She is an old soul lost in our modern world sharing her talent with people in the most humble way.
As long as I can remember, I've always admired her. When I met her, she was about 15, she already had this strong personality and a breathtaking talent. She's inspiring me every day just because of the way she is.
3 random facts about her:
- She has the ability of making selfless selfies.
- She's afraid of birds, especially pigeons.
- Her cat, Hercule, is cute and uncanny at the same time.
Describe your journey toward the discovery of photography?
I discovered photography through the pictures of the American model Audrey Kitching (A.K.) when I was thirteen years old. With my sister and my cousin, we tried to recreate the atmosphere of her photographs but I quickly realized I was more interested in the process of taking pictures than in the process of being photographed. I was taking pictures with a mediocre camera back then and I was trying very hard to retouch them so that they will look good to me. I remember that I did not really care about the photographers who took the pictures of A.K.; I was really fascinated by the final result: the photograph itself. That is why I neglected the technical aspect of photography for years. I think I really learned photography the day I bought my first manual analog camera, two years ago.
Nowadays A.K. isn't my main inspiration anymore; I prefer analog photography, and photographers who choose to use celluloid films instead of digital cameras.
"For me, art is supposed to be something you enjoy making."
How/when did you realize you could build an entire career out of it?
I think I never realized that actually. It has always been hard for me to believe in myself and in my work. I also met a lot of professional photographers, and they all told me that 70% of their job consisted in taking pictures of things they didn't like. But they have to do it in order to top up their incomes. The 30% left represent their own project. For me, art is supposed to be something you enjoy making.
I think most of the time it is impossible to make a living with your passion. But we never know!
After a few months in a French photography school, you decided to take a major turn in your career. Can you talk a little bit about that?
Ever since my first day in this school I've never been so unsure about my career as a photographer. I think it was a great adventure though, because I've learnt so many things, especially the technical aspect of photography (I took photos with an optical chamber for example). But, I really felt uncomfortable and I couldn't imagine myself working in that field later.
To be honest it was not totally a "turn in my career". My sister and I had a huge project in mind for a long time. I just decided to stop my studies and to go back to this project because it was kind of meant to be. Actually, it was initially my plan if by any chance I couldn't make it to the photography school.
Ok so no more suspense: our project is to build a café near the faculty of arts and social sciences of our hometown. We won't just sell pastry and hot drinks, we also want this café to be cultural: it will be possible to exhibit art works, organize gigs, and student organizations will be able to have meetings there. How exciting!
There is literally nothing around this college because it is a little bit far away from the center of the city. No other café, no university canteen, just a bad cafeteria. This is a great opportunity for us to cheer students up with a new place where they can go anytime and find some kind of comfort.
My sister and I have this project in mind for almost 3 years and all the paperwork is almost done now. The construction of the café will probably starts in few months now.
So what is your real passion?
I am really excited about this project! I am also looking forward to work with my sister. I have the feeling the café is my dream job. I'll be working with people I love and do something I also like, be surrounded by all kind of arts. This café is going to be my life.
So how do you see yourself in 5 years?
I'm just hoping that the project will eventually turn out well and that I won't have to many dark circles under my eyes… because I'll be working almost 24/7.
And of course, I hope I'll be blooming!
What was your favorite project you've worked on so far?
My project “Portraits de Musiciens”
I think it was my first project ever. Most of the time I just go outside, meet some friends/people or go to beautiful and empty places and take pictures; my photos don't belong to a certain category or they don't have a specific theme or something. I just take photos of everything I like…
Even if portraits are my favorite subjects (because people matter to me), I enjoy photographing everything… anything. My motto in photography comes from this quote:
“If you want to learn what someone fears losing, look at what they photograph.”
But I had this idea one day; it just popped out of my head. I always loved musicians and I think my first “good” pictures were about musicians on stage. I enjoy going to gigs and take pictures in the mosh pit but this time I wanted something different. I wanted to mix photography and music. So I asked many musicians of my city to pose for me without their instruments (most of the time), in front of a black sheet to have a neutral background. I wanted to take them out of their musical environment which is the stage.
It took me around 3 months to take the pictures (I started the project in September 2014) and few weeks to finalize everything (print the photos, frame them...etc). In January 2015 it was exhibited at an art gallery in my hometown.
This project also led to another project with a friend of mine who drew some of the portraits of the series. We exhibited this new project few weeks after the first exhibition.
Who was your favorite superhero/villain growing up? Why?
I've always been more attracted by villains than by superheroes; I think they are better portrayed, their personalities are more complex, and their stories are sometimes more interesting than the ones of the superheroes. I can really identify myself with Harley Quinn.
I was touched by her story: the fact that she was a normal person until she met one bad guy and her life changed forever after.
You know that Batman has his Batcave and Superman his Fortress of Solitude. What's your favorite place/environment to do what you love?
I think I have several comfort zones and each one for a different purpose. For example, I like being home because I feel safe and I can work there and be productive. But I like being at my friends' houses and apartments or hanging out in my favorite places (such as pubs, galleries, movie theaters...).
Do you have a favorite object, like a lucky charm or something that really matters to you?
I try really hard not to be attached to things because I always fear to lose them one day. But I think what matters the most to me are my photo albums.
What superpower do you wish you had and why?
Time is my biggest concern in life. I wish I could freeze it or just teleport myself in order to save time. Like that I could travel a lot, take amazing photographs of the right person or the right place at the right time.
And last but not least: sleep more in the morning before school!
What is your personal Kryptonite?
My friends and my family are both my strength and my Kryptonite. They are everything to me and without them I feel lost.
Who would you choose as a sidekick to fulfill your passion in the real life? Why?
I'll choose someone who understands my passion (but not especially shares it). I think it could be anyone. I believe sometimes you work better with strangers than with your best friends.
What is your definition of a modern hero?
For me, a modern hero is someone that does nice things and doesn't seek rewards or gratitude in return. He just does it because he wants to.
Can you name 3 people who inspires you everyday? Your very own heroes.
1- Dominique Tarlé who is one of my favorite photographers; I like his work because he takes pictures with an analog camera, and uses black and white films. His favorite subjects were/are musicians but not on stage. I like the intimacy of his photographs.
2- Stephen Hawking because he is an amazing physicist (and I like clever people); what I admire the most about him isn't just his work in general but his courage to go on despite his sickness.
3- S.R. who is the greatest musician and artist of all kinds I've met so far.
One more thing… Mask or Cape?
I like mystery and anonymity so I'll take the mask.