Dear friends, dear readers. Last Tuesday, august 27th, I definitely left France to move in New York. The stagnant city of Paris was killing my hopes, my dreams, my creativity. What a relief to be back in the city that offered me the best encounters and emotions ever in my humanist street style photographer carreer. GENEROSITY is what I think first about people I meet on the streets of New York. This generosity allows the creation of funny real moments, like this one, on Prince street : I surprised this stunning gorgeous blond young woman who was turning men’s heads. As a former TV director and story teller, these interactions, these magical moments are the soul of my photography and what makes me so happy to have left french female magazines 6 years ago to start Style and the City.
New York is magic because of its people : walk on the streets and you see diversity, colors, respect, tolerance, like I never saw in Paris. New York has been built by emigrants with different backgrounds. This city belongs to everybody. That diversity is its asset. I embrace it as myself I am a son of an emigrant. I moved to New York to achieve my dreams because in France, the system is made in a way that colored people can’t succeed, rise into high situations inside companies. In addition, the corporate french system is a system where middle managers inside companies are so afraid to loose their statut and privileges that they prevent creative independant people to be hired. It’s sad, very sad. That’s why In America there is successful people like Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington, Chris Gardner, Barack Obama…. That’s why Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Paypal, Ebay, Square, AirBnB, and so many amazing companies and start ups were created in the US and not France.
I left France to move in New York because I want my children to be born in a country that will judge them according to their talents and not the color of their skin or their network. I want to show them the path by succeeding myself by turning Style and the City into a place that will humanize fashion like it had never been thought and done before. It’s not gonna be an easy path but at least, New York and the US give me something that France don’t give any more to its citizens : HOPE and DREAMS.
Building a great company with great values and culture, creating jobs and helping people to achieve their dreams is my first goal in life and in New York. Falling in love, having children is my next priority. But to be open to love I needed to find my inner peace. Moving in New York was the solution to find this inner peace.
A woman that you want to cherish and spend time or your life with is like a flour : she needs that you care abouther, she needs your attention, and caring and attention mean that you have to devote a part of your time with her. In Paris, I was wasiting too much of my time fighting a system that I had no extra time at all to devote to a girl. I was often psychologically down. But I knew deep in my heart, that by keep working hard, someday I will meet “HER”. I don’t want to be that kind of man who doesn’t take care of his partner. I experienced that 2 times and I don’t want to make any woman cry again because I couldn’t be there when she needed me.
I hope 2 things for you my dear friends : 1 – that you find your inner peace. 2- that you fall in love. And of course, make this world better.
I thank very much all the people randomly met on the streets of New York that helped me to be a better humanist photographer and a better human being. Every encounter is different and source of new experience. If you know some of them, please tell them that they are featured on Style and the City and that I want to thank them personaly. Enjoy this slideshow, like it, share it and have a wonderful day. And now click the arrow on the picture bellow to watch the musical slideshow. Advice : watch the slideshow in fullscreen mode for a better experience.