Aurelien Jouanen comes from Toulouse, but does much of his work on the road around France, Belgium and, latterly, Germany. He shoots actuality rather than professional models, and beauty cannot be said to be high on his agenda. The photographs are often stark, using natural outdoor light or indoor chiaroscuro, and both people and environment tend to look a little, well, grimy.
His interest, he says, lies in probing the depths of humanity: complexes and shame, dreams and nightmares, phobias and neuroses and fantasies.
In particular, he’s drawn to people whose lifestyle choices and appearance are unconventional. Often they’ll be covered with tattoos and piercings:
In 2013, he shot a set which he entitled ‘Une Famille Ordinaire’ – an ordinary family.
Perhaps not entirely ordinary, then. But one aspect of ordinary family life was present and correct when Jouanen’s camera came to call:
If you are interested in Aurelien Jouanen’s work, please visit his Instagram account.