JONATHAN CHERRY: What gets you up in the morning?
FRANCK BOHBOT: I wish it would be an italian coffee but the french one is ok! Seriously when I wake up I think about a new idea, and I’m happy to begin a new day in my life.
JC: Are there any artists inspiring you at the moment?
Also the work of director Stanley Kubrick inspires me a lot.
JC: What is Theater all about?
FB: Through my series Theater I want to strip back the places that I photograph - there are no actors or members of the public within my photographs. I wanted this impression of ‘the invisible’, to tell that even with the absence of people, the places are still there because of the history within a place. It’s a homage really.
JC: What have you got planned for the rest of 2011?
FB: I’m still doing a lot of architectural shoots and a few portraits at the moment. Towards the end of 2011 I will be focussing on documentary photography using my large format camera starting off in Germany then Cuba then USA. I must keep this project a little hush hush right now though.
JC: What draws you to working on interior photographs?
FB: I really don’t know! I started photography as a stills photographer on movie sets and quickly fell in love with the art of lighting and controlling the situation.
Another reason for being drawn to interiors is that I want to tell stories about places and people. Some photographers do it very well with a portrait; others with a street photograph but as for me, its during these moments of stillness with an interior that I find myself feeling most able to get the most out of the situation.
JC: Any advice to recent photography graduates?
FB: Try to concentrate more on viewing images in your brain before you create them. Take a camera and shoot every day. Don’t stop. Never give up. It’s like a musical instrument.
JC: Favourite tree?
FB: The monumental Séquoia.