Covid-19 Crisis : Interview with Emmanuelle Bousquet, Photographer

This article is part of a our interview series with our partners. Our goal is to share different perspectives and experiences during this crisis from our Prestigious community.

Meet Emmanuelle Bousquet, a fine art photographer based in Paris. Emmanuelle was confined with her husband and two daughters in their second home in Provence. Find out below how the photographer lived through confinement and how she imagines the aftermath and what’s next in the post-coronavirus world.

Can you describe yourself in a few words?

My name is Emmanuelle Bousquet and I am 41 years old.  I grew up in the fashion industry in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.  Today, I am a mother of two young children ages 9 months and 4.5 years old.  Professionally, I am a Fine Arts photographer but I also work on commercial projects.  My husband is an actor and voice actor.  Together, we are a family of artists!

How has this pandemic affected you, personally and professionally?

Personally, I thought of this as a vacation in the beginning but that quickly changed. As each project got cancelled, it became demoralizing to lose so many projects as the crisis continued.  So many happy moments such as weddings, birthdays, baptisms were canceled.  Instead of capturing those moments, I found myself transformed into a school teacher, cleaning lady, and cook, all while trying to keep a little creativity alive by working on my photographs.  Our two young children consume up all our time, but of course I am very happy to be able to spend this quality time with my 9-month-old baby.

Professionally, this crisis has pretty dramatic for both of us. I lost all my commercial projects up until September and all my exhibitions are canceled until November.  Many of my commercial collaborations were even postponed to 2021.  For my husband, his theatrical tour was completely canceled, as well as his dubbing work too.  Fortunately, our work will eventually resume, perhaps with some extra security in the studios.

How do you spend your time and what do you miss most during this confinement?

I spend nearly all my time with my 9 month and 4.5 years old daughters, teaching them, cooking for them and going out for a walk in nature since we are fortunate to be confined to our second home in Provence. My husband takes over some of the parental responsibilities, which allows me some leisure time that I can devote either to a Netflix series or to the creation of my next photograph series.  Fortunately, this confinement allows me to create!

What do you think the art / luxury industry will look like after this crisis is over?

Being directly impacted, this worries me a lot since my photographs sell for several thousand euros a piece. However, I remain confident that this industry will remain resilient. I do believe that collectors will continue to buy but it is possible that art collectors will be less likely to buy than those who fall in love with my work and buy them to decorate their interiors.

Do you think that you will have to change to adapt to the post-coronavirus life and is there anything in particular that you would like to see changed?

I have been pretty disciplined from the start when it comes to protection.  I was already concerned before the confinement when we had left for Mauritius on February 7.  Pass through the airport there made us more aware of what could happen in France.  Therefore, I expect people to be more vigilant and to wear masks, gloves and have hand sanitizers on them whenever they are in public places, at least until a treatment or vaccine is found.

When this is all over, where would you like to travel first, and for what reason?

I hope to head to Ibiza or Greece, in order to be close to the sea again.

What can we wish you for the future?

Let my professional activity resume as soon as possible. It’s my passion!

 

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