Interviews

Interview with: Régis Feugère

Régis Feugère is a fine-art photographer living and working in France. The images in this feature are from Régis’ most recent exhibition entitled Use Your Illusions, a series documenting life in a small town on the Atlantic coast from the perspective of local teenagers…

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Tell us a little bit about yourself; how long have you been shooting and what first inspired you to pick up the camera?
I started photography because of my passion for the Arts. I was very attracted to literature, cinema, photography of course, music, painting – in fact I wanted to live in a creative way. A friend of mine gave me a Rolleiflex and taught me the black and white process. A few years later, I decided to enter Art School which gave me my whole artistic education. During these years, I discovered different ways to create, different ways to enrich my practice and my thought. Since 2007 I have been working as an artist and my goal has been to show my vision of things, my sensibility in this world.

…my photographic style is tense, sitting on an edge, between highlights and obscurity, hardly reassuring but contemplative, like when you step off a cliff and see a chasm.

How would you define your photographic style?
During my last year at school, I laid the foundations for my writing, my taste for landscapes, backstages, obscurity, shadow… my photographic style is tense, sitting on an edge, between highlights and obscurity, hardly reassuring but contemplative, like when you step off a cliff and see a chasm.

What has been the high point of your photography career so far?
Every exhibition or residency is a high point! It’s a great pleasure and a source of joy to show new works to an audience! I have great memories from an exhibition in a museum at the end of a three month residency in Issoudun in the central region of France. The exhibition was called Tierra Incognito – a work based on Spanish people who fled Franco’s dictatorship in the 30’s.

At the opening, the local citizens were disappointed seeing their town portrayed in this way – on the other hand, the teenagers understood perfectly the images.

Tell us a bit about the Use Your Illusions series that we are featuring here? What was the inspiration for the series?
I wanted to do a work in which portraits and landscapes were fused. I spent six weeks in a town on the Atlantic coast, Royan, where, every week, I met with pupils from a local college. My purpose was to show a different view on teenagers and on the world they are living in. For weeks I taught them the history of photography with past and contemporary artists. Gradually, we got to know each other by talking freely about creation, history, the news, music…I did not want to ask them questions, I wanted to listen to them. Often an adult’s vision of teenagers is based on clichés about being frivolous, sexuality, consumerism, carelessness…
Some of them told me about their lives, their point of view on the world the adults built and how it can be hard to make their mark in it. When I wasn’t with them I was making images of the town; you may not know but Royan was entirely destroyed at the end of the second world war; it’s a city rebuilt with modern architecture everywhere. It’s a small town on which there has already been a dozen photography books published! Not so simple when you have only six weeks to make a new work and so I let my path run outside the town centre; the landscapes I made are introspective, they are self-portraits in a way.
At the opening, the local citizens were disappointed seeing their town portrayed in this way – on the other hand, the teenagers understood perfectly the images.

See more of Régis’ work at:

Website / Instagram

All images copyright Régis Feugère.

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