I love Anne-Sophie Landou’s quirky style. In her photographs things appear as though belonging to an alternative reality where everything is slightly offbeat and strange. Just lately, we chatted about her work and the things that inspire her.
Hi Anne-Sophie, please tell me a little about yourself.
Hello Snapshot Aesthetic! I am Anne-Sophie, a 29 year-old self-taught French photographer based in Marseilles. I also have a law degree. Travels, people, music, nature, animals, art, society, words, food, dreams, everything is an inspiration to me. I guess I would describe my photography as intuitive, raw and quirky.
How did you develop an interest in photography?
Words are my first love, but I have always been fascinated with images (movies, magazines, painting etc…). I grabbed a camera ‘for fun’ when I was a teen, I used to play with disposable cameras and I borrowed my parent’s first digital camera, a little Olympus when I was 14. In my head I wasn’t even ‘taking pictures’.
Photography became serious to me in high school when I got sick. I suffer from anxiety and chronic depression. For a year, I took intimate pictures of my closest friends, pictures of my family, of my dog, a lot of self portraits, and it literally saved me.
What cameras do you prefer to use?
Digital, analog, reflex, compact, smart phone, whatever the medium is, ONLY IMAGES MATTER TO ME. I tend to use flash and colour though.
4. Do you have a favourite photographer or artist whose work you admire?
So hard to answer!!!! Martin Parr and Cindy Sherman were the first photographers to blow my mind. Boris Mikhailov, Roger Ballen, William Eggleston and Richard Billingham are major to me as well. I would add Picasso and Nicolas de Staël concerning influences.
Also, go check out PoppyMag, her wonderful contemporary photo zine which she curates on Instagram.