Romain Bernardie-James is a 32 years old Paris based photographer and the man behind The Imagers, a company he started with a friend aiming to reveal new talents for the industry. Must make clear that photography is just part of the job for him. Romain started shooting in 2007 and his analog images soon spread among fashion insiders, pleasing publications such as Dazed & Confused and i-D and clients like Puma and Diesel. Point and shoot philosophy provided him great life shots of friends and strangers, as well as travel pictures from around the globe. For the past days Paris Fashion Week had been keeping Romain very busy, but he managed to find time for a quick conversation with us and also shared some photographs of his work. Enjoy.
Tell us a bit about your history as a photographer.
I started photography as i was working as a graphic designer for WAD magazine, i shot my first story for this mag and then i started to work for a few other ones…
Are there any photographers working today that particularly inspire you?
Certainly. I like a lot of different photographers with different styles. I could mention Venetia Scott, Max Farago or Katia Rahlwes among many others contemporary photographers that I appreciate.
You travel much, looking for inspiration and shooting, right?
Yes. I just like to discover new places and new people, beyond photography, i think its important when you can afford it.
Tell me a little about these pictures you shared with us.
These pictures are from different stories, some were shot in Congo Brazzaville, some in my studio in Paris and some others in New York.
Do you have a preferred subject to shoot?
Objects with reflections, I think.
What do you look for in your potential image?
I don’t really look for anything, my style is more spontaneous. I see something I shoot it and sometimes I’m happy with the picture!
Tell me about the project “And we drink and drown”…
It’s just my blog i post a lot on it, my commissioned work as well as my personal work. I printed a small postcard book with pictures from this blog with the OFR Bookstore in Paris, but its out of stock now. So now its just a blog!
What are you currently working on and what are your aims for 2012?
I’m working on a show for this summer. It’s gonna be new, still lifes and some pictures from Congo that I haven’t shown yet. They go very well together.
Well, keep us posted Romain.