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VNDL:  Describe your work/process

MG:  My process? No process? Yes, clearly, it is. I don’t really have a “process”.

Everyday I leave home with my old loved film camera in my bag, a Canon AE1, sometimes a cheap compact or disposable film camera..
I’m not staging ( or making “mise en scène” I don’t know the English word.. ). I fixed the everyday, mundane things that intrigue me, incongruous expressions, strange situations..
And then ? I gave free rein to the chemistry of the film, which surprises me every time. I discovered photography through argentic chemistry. I learn how to develop a film roll before learning how to photograph.
So I have some adoration for the hazards of chemistry on film, for defaults of old lenses.. I just love film since I’m 14 years old ! There is really no pretension in what I produced !

 

 

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What have you been up to recently? (trips, projects, work?)
I went around the Netherlands last year. I had brought only outdated film with me. The results were very bad because of the age of the films… This is the risk when using this kind of material!
This summer I would like to test an old and particular development technique that uses  red wine to reveal the film. This provides incredible effects and crazy colors! I can’t wait to try it.

 

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Favorite Quote

FILM IS NOT DEAD!

 

 

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What are you currently listening to/reading/ watching?

Actually I’m listening to Jagwar Mwa, an australian group, it is so trippy, groovy to work with this on your ears, try it!

I’m reading some Philip K.Dick and Greg Egan novels, I’m thoroughly in science fiction!

 

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I really don’t know but surely far away from France with a film camera on my neck and film rolls all over my pockets!

 

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Who is or where does your inspiration come from? Any emerging artists to watch out for?
In my youth I was much influenced by the movement of “humanist photography”, Brassaï, Izis were my references ! This is  why I shoot in black and white for 4 years!

I’m in love with the work of Tamara Lichtenstein and Baohien Ngo they are both fashion photographer but still work with film, and every series they made are beautiful.

 

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Margot Gabel is a photographer from Paris, France


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