When I was young, my parents took me on a vacation in La Grande-Motte, a seaside resort in the South of France. Far from the heavenly beaches you shoot for your Instagram page, this place is totally unfashionable, and that’s why I like it. You forget appearances. You eat a bad looking ice-cream and yet it still tastes like the best you’ve ever had. There’s a certain carelessness to this place that I wanted to convey. In your swimwear at the beach, you can’t hide yourself behind an edited photo.
After being a model for a couple of years, I wanted to share my own vision of beauty. In the fashion industry, it seems that beauty is only promoted by young women with smooth skin who pout and look fierce. I see beauty in wrinkles, stretch marks, cellulite and all those things society calls imperfections. These details are just the marks of time, witnesses of the life that passes. They make the body beautiful and we should sublimate them instead of hiding them. There’s beauty everywhere for the ones who know how to look at it. I don’t want to hide the truth.
The film reinforces this feeling. You have only one opportunity to take the good shot so you’re more focused on the feeling you wanted to share – it’s the here and now that counts. You can’t see the picture before developing the film, but if you focused on the energy, no matter the scenery, it’ll be good.
I hope I’ve been able to express the sweetness of life in La Grande-Motte. I hope you can smell the sea breeze and the salt in your hair, hear the sound of the waves, and imagine the conversation the grandpas are having.