The last 18 months have taken me on a wild joy ride. With a new young born and a four year old teenager, I had a lot on my plate. But having one baby wasn’t enough. I kept myself busy building from the ground up a new company, surrounding myself with new partners, new friends. In two months the branding and legal paperwork was done. The following month we silent launched, producing our new projects under the new banner and in October 2013, we stepped into the spotlight, surprising a lot of people with this bold move. A year has now gone by and Consulat is thriving. We are now 7 partners, we have an aligned vision and we are fully operational. Celebrating our first year kinda turned a page for me. I invested a lot of energy and time thinking and obsessing about the company, caring about its growth and planning ahead for the year to come. I’ve been so focused on work and the emergence of Consulat that I didn’t spend enough time thinking about my own career.
I did take the time however to think and analyze the current path. Went to London to meet up with Maxyme and had so many talks about photography and the business around it. It helped me getting a better understanding how to perceive my career on an international stand point. During the summer I headed to New York to put my portfolio to the test and see how it performed in front of a professional audience. Got some good feedback from art buyers and reps. Some positive criticism as well. The technical skills are up to par. But I am victim to what is called the « small market syndrome »! I guess I need to tighten up my act and start producing work that is more developed towards my personal vision. I tend to show a spectrum of projects that span form personal work, to conceptual portraits, still life installations and more classic advertising. I was often told that I could be 2 different photographers. The good news is that they considered both to be good! But I do need to focus and that trip just reinforced that feeling.
So here we are, 18 months later without ever stopping. I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot during that timeframe but I need a break. I need to finally take some vacations! Just be off. So I decided to take a month. And then two weeks for the Holidays. Six weeks without work. Six weeks with the family. Six weeks to be alone, in a bubble. To think ahead.
I just finished a cycle. Now time to see what I want the next cycle to be. Hard work and a clear vision, that’s all it really comes down to. And now the time has come to finally work on me. During that time off, I will come up with a new plan. One that I hope will help me grow as a photographer in the years to come. Shooting more and more personal work, allowing myself to be more open and vulnerable, one thing I’ve learned from my « In Between » series. Themes have emerged. A certain methodology as well. Now it’s time to put things into practice and start shooting beyond commercial work. I want to establish myself with a singular vision, one that is conceptual, not just aesthetic.
Can’t wait to tackle 2015. So many projects in mind. So many new objectives. But it’ll all come from the same place as ever. Hard work, dedication and my new buzzword of the year, discipline.