You may have heard of him lately if you so happen to be a part of Paris’ fashion and photography circles. Through the unique photographic ‘cut and paste’ technique that he uses, this is the photography of the future through the lens and hands of the French born photographer, Damien Blottière.
Paris, March 2012: The design issue of Out Magazine falls into our hands featuring a cover story of our 80’s ‘Enfant terrible’ of fashion, Jean-Paul Gaultier in an image that evokes an impression of the past blending with the future. Extremely modern, in its use of colors, graphics and ambiance, this photographic feature depicts the transition of an 80’s persona adapted perfectly to the present day thus eloquently transforming JPG from ‘L’Enfant Terrible’ of fashion to ‘Un Enfant Eternel’ of avant-gardism. A combination of the last campaign for Diet Coke and JPG’s 60th anniversary prompted Out Magazine to use a photo-collage of the designer by Damien Blottiere for its cover. And the result is a startling pop-fused cover created through the artist – photographer’s unique technique.
Short film made for japanese magazine Commons & Sense Man. Styling Yoko Miyake / models Pierre Harald Leducq & Gabriel Gronvik from Major / Groomer Nicolas Eldin / original soundtrack by Clement Tery.
Asides from the production of this story in Out magazine, the French-born photographer’s career also features a series of projects and collaborations with coveted publications and galleries featuring his collage-photography.
A fashion alumnus of the Art Institut of Duperre, he started his journey as a fashion editor for Mixte, Purple Fashion and Dazed & Confused, Blottière had always possessed an inherent interest in photography and the human body and it was his special photographic - collage technique that provided him with the means to combine the two using a precious link; his fantasy.
His special method of combining photographic-images with hand-made collage sets makes his work always distinguished and memorable. It creates an optical 3-D effect, which in combination with the use of naked bodies in still life positions, transforms the image into a piece of art. Besides ad-campaigns and seasonal exhibits, Damien Blottière has an ongoing collaboration with Bernand Wilhelm and has also been commissioned by names such as Pierre Hardy, Carven and Stella McCartney among others. Previous works of Damien Blottiere include several editorials for sought-after publications including VMan, Numero, GQ, Velvet whereas his work for Horst Magazine ‘ Scissor Sister’, together with his latest feature in Out Magazine, can be found among our ‘personal archives’ issues.
The Shape of Things to Come / VMan 24
A film by Damien Blottière, styling by Tom Van Dorpe