You don’t know, but last Saturday I did a Live YouTube with Alex Coghe of over an hour. It is a new project that he has launched. It was like a live interview where some of my photos were shown. I was led to say more about them. It was quite a fun thing and I thank Alex for showcasing my photos and my work. He is someone whose approach of the streets and whose work I really appreciate. I hadn’t specially prepared things for this interview. I had quickly writen a few notes on a piece of paper which I reread several times, but that was it.
Well, it must have been seen and even heard if I may. This kind of fairly light preparation is fine if you have to speak in your native language, as you just need a few notes on a piece of paper. It’s much more complicated in your head if it’s in a foreign language (in this case English for me)! I won’t hide from you that I am more comfortable writing. I have time to formulate what I want to write, pay attention to grammar, vocabulary … There I was always taken aback and I made countless mistakes. Beyond that, there were also the answers or the explanations which were rather generic and which lacked imagination.
It reminds me a little of the young athletes that we interview and who have not yet taken a communication course. It sounds simple like that, but this styling exercise is very complicated. We often repeat the same words, the language tics appear and in the end when we look afterwards, it’s just a disaster. I watched some parts of the video on Alex Coghe’s channel and died of shame, I preferred to stop … Well already, I can’t stand my voice. I don’t know how my wife can still stay with me! It’s clear that it’s not for my sweet voice. I am sorely lacking in vocabulary
I even got lost in my explanations when Alex ironically pointed out that he found it bizarre that Ricoh had not appointed me Brand Ambassador while we were discussing a photo where I appeared on screen with the Ricoh. GRD4 clearly visible on the photo. Alex knew he was going to hit a sore spot with me (not being an Ambassador, but the fact that I liked the GR line). It’s funny, because I started laughing and telling anecdotes that were at best uninteresting and at worst forgettable.
The thing is, the interview is a complicated styling exercise. Limit a little tricky. I did not wallow, but not far. There are a lot of things I would do differently if I had to do it again. Starting with a more suitable preparation Recently I made a video where I deciphered the photos from May 2021. I seem very comfortable talking about the photos, but it was scripted! I had written my text on the photos. Even though I wasn’t reading the text, I had a frame and if I moved away from the text, I had it in front of me to come back to it quickly. Of course it’s less lively, but it allows me to hide my weaknesses in English.
But I don’t regret this interview with Alex. It was a great experience even if in the end I was not satisfied with my “performance”. I think it has a lot to do with my image (voice, physique) with which I have a lot of trouble. I think it’s kind of the same for everyone except for people who are narcissistic and love themselves a lot … well, I am not. Being in the shadows suits me very well.
By the way, speaking of the video concerning the photos of May recently published on YouTube, I do not think that I will renew the new formula of the monthly Diaporama. The format is not good and it is more annoying than anything else. Who watches 11 minute slideshows ? I mean, I can watch long videos if it’s interesting. But there clearly 11 minutes for 20 photos, there is enough to fall asleep … I do not rule out making this kind of videos from time to time, but not on a monthly basis … I leave you with the interview of more than an hour made with Alex Coghe. If you are really at the end of your life or want to laugh at my many english mistakes, go for it!
All the photographs were made with the Fujifilm XF10 during may 2021.