TWD Magazine 4th Collection Interview: Fabrice Poussin — Photography Contributor

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As an extension of The Black Lion Journal’s mission, The Wire’s Dream is a semi-annual magazine that values community, life perspectives, and different worldviews. Contributors were asked to complete a set of mini interview questions with the purpose of sharing with the readers and their fellow submitters a bit about who they are and about their creativity. All questions were the same for each contributor; and each answer given is unique, open, friendly, and candid.

About The Creative Process

What does creativity mean to you? And what does it mean to be creative?
Creativity is not so much a talent as it is a privilege. There is no doubt that we are all creative, yet few have the luxury to explore this aspect of who we are, usually because of life commitments. It is also a responsibility for it provides the viewer/reader/listener with a view of the world they cannot otherwise access; it allows him to discover what life keeps away from him. If we can, if we have the chance to be creative then we must. Creativity is simply using our senses to delve much deeper into what we call reality, and gift it to the world to enjoy, share, even question.

How do you make time for your creativity? Are you an early bird creative or a night owl? Or something in between?
Creativity may be a lifestyle. What one must do is let himself react to all things around, and jot down any thoughts at any given moment so the fleeing instant can later be revived in the artist choice of expressive medium. Life is a creative experience, so I cannot make time to be creative, rather take time to express that creativity. One must be willing to stop everything and create any time any where. Early in the morning or ate at night are perhaps best times for poetry; early morning and evening are best for the light of the universe in visual arts.

How much of your personal life and experiences shape who you are as a creative and as a person? Do you find that you draw much content from your experiences or have you worked to keep that separate from what you create?
In poetry, I would have to say that everything comes from experience, past, present, and from the very ephemeral. In photography, it is simply a desire to seek the phenomenal, large or small and bring it back home. I am interested in the details and the connection we all have with such. The purpose of the photograph is to help the viewer with that relationship. We all have a certain attraction to our world, but most of us do not have the luxury of the time it takes to connect. I suppose I could say that it is this experience I want to create, to show others how they too can connect to the unusual, the very small, the decayed, the passing moment.

About Creative Moments & Inspiration

What is your most memorable creative moment, if any?
I would have to say that it is the moment creative in the great American West, when alone, I stand in the middle of the desert. It is awesome to feel that I am in fact in control at the moment, and also that anything can happen. Isolated from the comforts of home, nature could engulf me in a second, yet it lets me enjoy its power, and trap it onto film. That is memorable.

Do you cross genres for inspiration? Which ones?
Ex: If you're a fiction writer, do you read and practice poetry? Do you also dabble in art?

When asked who the most influential photographers are in my life, I honestly cannot answer. The fact is few are, aside perhaps from Ansel Adams. I am much more influenced by literature and the other visual arts. Music also has an impact. The truth is perhaps that life is my biggest inspiration as it is depicted, and has been mostly since the Romantics, realists, impressionists, cubists, surrealists, expressionists, etc. The job of the artist is to see the world through the eye of Modernity as Baudelaire suggested. Thus the camera is only the tool, the rest is not photography, it is expression.

What/who inspires you the most?
As stated above, Baudelaire, Hemingway, Poe, Dali, Duchamp, and al the visionaries who have given us a chance to explore what most cannot see for lack of time.

Are there any contemporary writers/artists that you admire and think should be on everyone’s radar?
(Who do you think has been undervalued?)

Not really.

Tips For Others, Personal Goals

What tips would you give to those who have never published anything before?
Whatever your art is, just produce constantly. Don’t let rejection be an issue. If you are only in this to get published you are in this for the worst of reasons. I produce, I submit because I want to share. Is my work good? I don’t actually know, and perhaps it is not what matters. The message is what counts. When a reader can relate, you’ve got it. Submit, submit, submit something that makes you feel like you have accomplished something. Beauty is not what counts; what matters is that it stops something important within you.

What goals and/or aspirations do have for your creativity? Where would you like to see your work?
I think I may be looking for answers to big questions. I am most likely to never get those. But that is fine. As has been said, it is the journey that counts, not so much my destination. I have in a way already arrived. I contemplate, I interpret, I depict and I share. I like where my work is now in poetry and photography. All I can hope to do, is to see it become more refined, more exploratory, more revealing, most effective, in a word more universal as I progress.


Fabrice Poussin

Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and dozens of other magazines. His photography has been published in The Front Porch Review, the San Pedro River Review and more than 350 other publications.

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