Photographer #6: Tiffanie Sibille
March 23rd 2021

Istanbul, Turkey
41.0082° N, 28.9784° E

1. Please give us a quick introduction to yourself.

I am a French graphic designer, originally from Paris, who just moved to Montreal, Canada. I am very passionate about photography, travels, mountains, and details.

2. Were you visiting the place/country or do you live there?

For this project I had two rolls of film. I shot one in Paris – my forever city – and one in Istanbul, a great city that I’ve visited twice. I love its culture and architecture, the mix between Europe and the Middle East. Same clothes, same camera, same model but two cultures, two atmospheres, two lights.

3. What can you tell us about the people in the shoot?

The models are two persons that are very dear to me. One of my best friends, Mimo, who’s from Sweden. She is such an inspiring and positive woman. And my boyfriend, who makes every day of my life better.

4. Where did you do the shooting? Why did you choose this area?

In general, I like spending time with my camera, keeping an eye open for something poetic that gives me a special feeling. In Paris, I chose all my favorite areas – my favorite rooftop, small streets around my home, the Canal Saint-Martin and Montmartre. In Istanbul, the pictures were taken in the authentic and working-class neighborhood of Fatih.

5. What are your favorite spots in this location?

In Paris I love walking from neighborhood to neighborhood. Starting from home near the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, strolling along the Canal Saint-Martin, passing by the Louvre, walking in the Tuileries, eating a wonderful ramen in rue Saint-Anne and spending the night in Saint-Germain. Sometimes I enjoy rediscovering Paris by taking a different way, losing myself in the city and maybe discovering an architectural detail I had never noticed before.

6. What photographer/artist influences your photography?

Two of my favorite photographers are Vivian Maier for all the emotions you can feel in her daily life pictures, and Slim Aarons for his 60s and 70s lifestyle shots with its defined colorimetry. I also really love the work of Saul Leiter and Sarah Van Rij. They are so inspiring to me because of their spontaneity and ability to see a detail, something unique in a space at a specific moment. I also love the delicacy and poetry I feel in their photos and this is something I try to capture in my own images.

7. Famous last words – what would you like to share?

Working for AKOG was pretty challenging for me, simply because I am a landscape lover and not used to shoot fashion, clothes, or even humans! But it was great. I hope you will enjoy and feel inspired by my images.