Cecy Young – Interview

Born in Mexico and currently based in Paris, the fashion and portrait photographer Cecy Young has honored us to answer our questions. She talks about her career, her influences and what does the fashion potography means to her… // Née au Mexique et aujourd’hui basée à Paris, la photographe de mode et de portrait Cecy Young nous fait l’honneur de répondre à nos questions. Elle nous parle de son parcours, ses influences et de ce que la photo de mode représente pour elle…


Hi Cecy Young, how are you ?
Very good and happy, thank you.

Can you introduce yourself ? Tell us more about you.
I was born in 1987 in Monterrey, Mexico.When I was 10 years old my dad was into photography and I had an analogue little camera he gave me. My main subjects at that time were my family and pets. Later on, I wanted to be an actress but there wasn’t a good acting school in my city, so my solution was enrolling in art college in Mexico and during the first year there I went to Buenos Aires for six months. There when traveling I rediscovered my love for photography and when I returned to Mexico I took some photography courses. I first started taking pictures with analogue cameras, and then I used digital too. During my last years in college, me and photographer Mariana García partnered up and formed a studio called Porcelaine (www.porcelaineproject.com), in which we worked in all kind of projects. After art college I came to Paris to specialize in studio and lighting. I am currently living here and I love it.

Why did you choose photography? What did was the reason ?
In art college I first started painting, which I liked, but it is just that photography is a trace of reality; of an event that really happened. I found that this mixture of reality along with fantasy and surrealism in fashion photography is very interesting to me, and a strong medium of exploration.

Your work focuses on fashion and portrait photography, what’s your interest about fashion ?
And what’s your interest about that kind of photography ?

Fashion photography is what I enjoy the most. I think good fashion photography is hard to achieve. You have to tell a story and take in account a lot of elements, every detail matters. I like it because it allows me to think, plan and create something new and beautiful; something dream like but at the same time I have the intention that in my work there is an ambiguity, a clash between what is real and what is imaginary; not showing it all in a picture. Also in fashion photography working with a team is exciting, because you get to be a part of something and you meet interesting and almost-every-time nice people.

What inspires and influences you ?
Photographers: Tim Walker, Camila Akrans, Sandra Freij, Paolo Roversi, Richard Avedon, Cartier Bresson. Renaissance.
Colors, girls, old movies, memories, different citys and places.

What does your typical day look like ?
I wake up and drink a lot of coffee. I then prepare upcoming photo shoots by searching for inspiration, making moldboards, making calls, sending emails & networking. I retouch, retouch & retouch. And also I organize my folder and photographs. Photography is very much about organizing and planning. If that day I have a shooting scheduled then I prepare my equipment and composites in my Ipad, which is very helpful for this. Not every day I shoot, but I dedicate days to plan them, which I do very carefully.

What does photography mean to you?
It is the medium that allows me to express myself and create. I chose photography because of its relationship with reality and memory which to me is very special and meaningful. The interaction with the subject, the planning, daily life and the importance of understanding lighting are also facts that make me love photography as my medium of expression.

Is there something special you want to do in your work soon?
I would like to work more in beauty photography and also start a series of photographs dedicated to mistery and horror movies.

Some projects to come ?
Yes, I am partnering up with stylists in Paris to create my upcoming series, and I am also organizing some workshops for this year, but is still in the cooking.

The last word …
Never give up on what you love to do.

Thanks !


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/ Interview : Dennis Moya – Févrirer 2012
/ Toutes les images et photographies appartiennent à © Cecy Young.