« Take a break with… » Kares Le Roy, adventurer photographer – OOBMAG
– What was the starting point of this photographic journey?
I worked eight years in the music and fashion industry. In 2009, I decided to drop everything and devote myself to a more authentic but also more natural form of beauty, a work closer to ethnography. So I went for a big trip to Asia. For two years, I wondered searching for the last forms of culture, which are almost lost with time and globalization. I travelled 56,000 kilometers between Jakarta and Istanbul, in the heart of a continent full of color.
– What inspires you in your work?
Culture calls me and religion intrigues me. These two elements have been at the heart of my work for four years now. The East and particularly the Middle East have always made me dream, so I spend most of my time there. It is an incredibly stigmatized part of the world, especially since the events of September 11, 2001. I try in some ways to make it regain its credibility.
– Besides your camera, what is the object that you cannot travel without?
I have three favorite pieces jewelry but also a ring that comes from Lebanon and that never leaves me. My brother in law gave it to me before this great journey to protect me. Until I finish this journey, I wear it! I also have a Zulfikar pendant. This is the name of the sword with two points that the Prophet Muhammad offered Ali, one of the oldest symbols of Islam.
– Do you have a beauty routine? / What are your favorite beauty products?
Let’s be serious! I barely shaved the beard and I do not really look after myself! I look for beauty, but not for me… I do not have a favorite beauty product. My routine, it must be to travel!
– What are your upcoming projects?
I spent more than two years to defend my project and the book “56,000 km – A continent and men. » A six-minute film is online and retraces my journey. I will now be able to go on a new project in March 2014. I will return to Central Asia to work on the tribes of this region.
Interview by OOBMAG