Introducing Fabien Vilrus
AEVOE's newest international member is French photographer Fabien Vilrus, currently living and working in London. After working in advertising, he discovered his passion for portrait photography, shooting exclusively on 35mm. Vilrus shoots solitary portraits of people exploring the relationship between subject and surroundings. We speak to him about influences and other forms of creative expression.
Is photography your main creative outlet?
Since last year, photography has definitely begun to take up lots of my time, and I am getting more keen to improve each day. I’ve always looked for a way to express myself, through drawing, making music, videos or writing. I never gave up with them, but the moment I used my first 35mm camera, photography imposed itself quite naturally.
Are there any other forms of creative expression you admire/would like to get into?
I admire every form of creative expression, you can find beauty in many different ways. I hope to explore a lot of different mediums in the future; but, if I had to chose, I’d love to do some cool video projects alongside photography, like music videos and short films. I am also in the process of a writing project which is more personal.
What are recurring ideas or themes you'd find in your photos?
It’s quite complicated to describe my own pictures as I always see many subtle feelings linked to my own experiences. But I can say that I like to photograph humans (particularly girls) and their mysterious relationship with their surroundings. I guess that is quite instinctive, but I often feel a sense of dream and escape in them.
Who are your influences, photography and otherwise?
Concerning photography I could quote Michal Pudelka, Ryan McGinley or Lukasz Wierzbowski. I really love the work of Canada and Kristoffer Borgli as directors. The painter René Magritte is also very inspiring. But there are so many other people that I like!