JONATHAN CHERRY: What did you want to be growing up?
FLORE DIAMANT: I think it went from being a ballerina to fashion designer to graphic designer/photographer to…I still don’t know. There probably was something more academic on the way too.
JC: Who or what is inspiring you at the moment?
FD: It’s usually the places I visit or the people around me. In the past few months I went to a few places by myself rather than with friends/family which obviously leads to a different experience. I also discovered a few great magazines that are cleverly designed and curated, such as The Travel Almanac, Intern Magazine and Foam Magazine, who always feature great new upcoming talent and inspiring stories.
JC: What are you up to right now?
FD: Experimenting with b&w and medium format film, reading magazines, going to a fair few concerts and sending a lot of application emails. Finding the next big adventure is harder than expected.
JC: Have you had mentors along the way?
FD: Of course, they were/are either friends, family, university tutors or strangers. Any advice is worth listening to.
JC: Where are you based right now and how is it shaping you?
FD: I’m currently back home in Brussels, as I’ve just graduated so am in between places. It’s a strange experience being home, it’s like time stands still. All my friends are all over the place but here so I spending a lot of time alone is an experience in itself. I’m used to having people around though, so it’s quite strange.
JC: One piece of advice to photography graduates?
FD: I studied design not photography, so might not have the best say in this, but it’s always good to hear what people have to say about your work - even if they don’t do what you do. Having an outsider’s point of view is always valuable. And try everything, if you don’t like it then at least you can say you’ve tried.
JC: If all else fails - what is your plan B?
FD: I could get carried away with this - but it all else fails, go to america, or anywhere, buy a camper van, drive around, discover places and meet new people while doing some work… That would be nice. Could be a plan A in a while.
JC: Is it important to you to be a part of a creative community?
FD: For sure, and I think everyone slightly creative (or even not at all) should be part of it. Everything is so easily reachable now, thanks to the progress of the internet and technology, that there is a constant flow of new creations to take in. It’s an inspiration source as well as a social and learning experience. I try to go to as many workshops and conferences as I can, and always end up meeting people from around the world doing the same practice (or something totally different!), and it’s great.