In connection with Vincent's summer photo
exhibition at the BHV Observatory in Paris, French magazine
Sport & Style featured an interview in their culture section.
How did this project come about?
VP: An architecture student friend, Auguste Chantrel, told me about
urban teratology. This led me to the works of accidental art that
one can find in Paris. I did a lot of scouting and I discovered some
architectural elements that create an emotion in me and have a
language. Between the greenery and stone, there is a
cohabitation that moves me and which is also beautiful.
Do you need photography?
Yes, it is a need to express things other than through words. I am
not only an interpreter, it is also that I create and if I do not do
it, it saddens me, eats me from inside and I become unhappy.
Did you grow up in an environment favorable to
My father immediately put a pencil in my hand. Until adolescence, I
grew up thinking I would become a painter. I also had a mentor, the
painter Pierre Gisling, who was the first one to give me a camera.
He pushed me in that direction. I continued my studies in
Why did you want to show off your photos?
Because I have not done it for 48 years! (Laughs). I had all these
boxes of negatives... Showing my work seemed like a necessary step.
It was challenging and gave me a strong objective.
Of crumbling walls, facades damaged: it is a
dark side in your photos ...
Really? I find it rather playful, not very dark. This character is
born on a wall. But I have a rather dark side, besides my drawings
have always been.
If you had to choose between actor and
Impossible! Be an actor, director and photographer, that's it for me
and they are two very different cultures.
You like sports?
I discovered the bike race four years ago and it became a passion. I
love that effort. Otherwise, I swim, do yoga and I like to run.
What are you watching in the Olympics?
I love fencing. I have often taken the sword for the sake of
my films. Besides, I've crossed swords with Laura Flessel!
How do you relax?
Playing sports or having a good Bordeaux!
How would you define your style?
The easiest look! I love the black polo. I have a problem with
colors. I confess I have great difficulty in choosing my wardrobe.