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Mademoiselle Javel

First featured in our Lomography Questionnaire, Mademoiselle Javel shares her pictures taken with the Fisheye Camera. A photographer and videographer by trade, Mademoiselle Javel shares some of her mind-toying images.

Photo by Mademoiselle Javel

REAL NAME Mademoiselle Javel
CITY Paris
COUNTRY France

Tell the community a little bit about yourself? What do you do for fun and is it the same thing you do for a living?
I am a photographer and video maker since 8 years now. I am working on my first short movie too. I don’t really know what fun is, I picture things because I can’t do anything else.

What got you into photography at the first place?
My sister. I was 17, she was 13 and together we built our unique place of fantasies. We shared the same taste for burlesque movies, mad princesses, brides with a whip and bloody teenagers. Our first project was inspired by the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, the second one by Cabaret, the Bob Fosse’s film.

What would you say is the feel or mood you want to convey with your photographs and videos?
A disturbing feeling. You know that something goes wrong but you don’t know what. In Chuck Palaniuk’s Fight Club, it says “The little scratch on the roof of your mouth that would heal if only you could stop tonguing it. But you can’t.” My work always takes place before the disaster.

Where do you get inspiration for your work?
From headaches.

Most of the images on your site are portraits, what advice can you give our readers for making portrait photographs?
To love strong stories. You can’t make a portrait without a serious background. And it is not that easy, most of the people have nothing to say.

How did you like shooting with the Fisheye camera and what were people´s reactions to the camera?
It was pretty new as I never shot with this kind of lense. I had to get myself used to the frame, to be surprised, to let go. People were amused because the camera looks friendly and approachable. The camera is between the model and you. Somehow, it plays an important part in this relationship.

The strangest, funniest, or hands-down greatest photographic/ Lomographic encounter that you have ever had.
With the Lomo, I reshoot one of my film. I never did that before and it has created an incredible overprint effect. Ghost-ish and weird. I love it.

What’s your favorite photo you took with the Fisheye and why?
The one with the Virgin statue and the red lips. Awkward. Just like a saint seeing the Holy Mother and paying respects with a lustfull mouth.

If your photos shown here could have a soundtrack of three songs, what would they be (song title & artist please).
1 The 4th of July – Soundgarden
2 A long slow goodbye – The Queens of the Stone Age
3 PDA – Interpol

Your advice to future Fisheye shooters.
Take it everywhere. Do not sleep. Even in the car. Keep your eyes wide open.

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