Who Is Souhade Guermache:
The best way to describe myself would be what is called in French ‘ portrait chinois’.And it would be like this one:
1- If i were a animal ? probably a cat, i love cats. Or a bird; because it flies high in the sky. It must be a powerful feeling to see things from the sky.
2- If i were a color ? Red, the color of passion.
3- If i were a stylist ? Tati, boulevard Barbès, Paris
4- If i were a singer ?Susan Boyle, and don’t ask me why!
5- If i were a star ? A shooting star that slips between your fingers
6- If i were a city ? Albuquerque, sounds good!
7- If i were a book ? I can’t read
8- If i were a monument ?Statue of liberty: Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
9- If i were an actor ? Ewan Mc Gregor
10- If i were a serie ? Dexter, to cut you into pieces because you were naughty, naughty.
11- If i were a singer ? I told you Susan Boyle, don’t ask me why!!!!
12- If I were a style of music ? 80′s music sound, with cheap electronic sound
13- If I were a movie ? 8 femmes , François Ozon. I can be the 8 women of this movie at the same time. Be careful!
14- If I were a fragrance? Eau Belle, Doris Azzaro in a former life. Now I use Narciso Rodriguez. Don’t you smell it?
Photography and I:
I came to analogue photography at school by chance when I was 17. I used to come to school every Saturday to improve the darkroom practice. Then I went to the university, was in charge of a darkroom in a campus until I was 23 y.o. Then I stopped: I got married then got children. Came back to developing films in 2005 in a photo club. Then bought a Minolta Dimage 7000i. Shot a lot with it. Then stopped photo again. Then started again in an other photo club. Then stopped for 7 years. Bought a smartphone: shooting a lot with it too. Got registered at Pics’Art. Sharing a lot of pics. Lately came back to analogue photography thanks to Internet. For how Long now?
Why did i choose pinhole photography to express myself? I would say that it is a school of patience as I am a human volcano. With pinhole photography, you must not be in a hurry to take a picture; then to see it. And if you are patient enough, you can build your camera and control the process from A to Z with unexpected results too. I like this balance between a certain control you can have and the uncertainty of the results.
My favourite photographers:
Duane Michals,Edouard Boubat,Man Ray,Robert Frank, Edward Weston….And many other ones!
My dream is to shoot the “Big Apple” with a pinhole camera. And I would be in heaven if I could make a book about this city. It is a dream of a little girl.