Words and photographs by Céline Floyd
My name is Céline Floyd, I was named after the French song “Céline” by Hugues Aufray. I’m an 18 year old Canadian and French artist. I love film, photography, literature, philosophy, languages, travelling, as well as discovering new things and people. I’m mostly inspired by people, emotions and interaction, architecture, comedy, death, nature, light, literature, especially poetry, and visual art.
I like to try to capture at least some of these in my work, especially emotions, light, nature and architecture. I shoot on 35mm film, mostly in black and white, with an old Yashica. I choose to shoot on film because I really love the texture and grain of the photos once they’re developed. There’s something about the texture and grain that bring something more to the photograph, something more genuine or even nostalgic. It makes me feel more attached to the photo, moment, place, and subject.
I also like that, with film, I have to really choose the perfect subject, light, location, and settings because I only have one shot, which also adds something special to the photo because, even if a lot of it is carefully planned out, there’s still an element of surprise and mystery to it until it’s developed.
These images were inspired by my friends whom I love and who encourage me to shoot. They were also inspired by the amazing trip I took to Italy, where most of these were shot. Italy was so insanely beautiful and original; the mix of nature, of greenery everywhere I looked with colourful, old buildings, and Roman ruins was so unbelievably striking I couldn’t help but want to take pictures of everything and of my friends and boyfriend in front of everything. When it comes to photography, I only take my camera with me if I know I’m going to have the time or the opportunity to take at least a few good shots. In Italy, I knew I’d be able to, so I took my camera with me everywhere I went.
In Italy, I mostly planned on taking portraits in front of beautiful or interesting textures or places. I looked out for one of the two — or both — and tried to think of someone in our group who, in my mind, would “match” the setting I picked. Usually, I’d let them decide what face they wanted to make in order to really capture their personalities.
The three pictures taken in Canada were inspired by a need to do something artistic amidst months and months of studying, a new friendship that started thanks to photography and some relatively creepy buildings in my neighbourhood that, to me, really stand out and have a lot of character.
The first person, pictured in front of a brick wall, is my friend and fellow photographer Naomi, whom I was meeting for the second time when this was taken. The second person is my lovely boyfriend Auguste in the Coliseum. Next is my friend Aurore in front of one of the façades of the Ara Pacis in Rome. Emmanuelle is posing for me in Paestum. And finally, the last person is Alex, near the top of Mount Vesuvius.
I think my favourite thing about photography is really getting to capture a moment or a feeling that, when it was taken, seemed important, and being able to look back on it with a new perspective and relive that same feeling, feel nostalgic for it, but at the same time distance myself from it and see it as one tiny detail in one big memory.
Photography feels like catching a glimpse of life’s moments, especially with film, because you can’t take ten thousand photos at once, you’re really choosing that one particular second to press the shutter. It feels like I’ve stopped time and I can look at that one particular moment in time instead of looking back at at a memory as a whole.