My relationship with M. Jerome started, like most adventures that have changed the world, on the internet. I liked him on The Facebook, and he liked me, and we eventually did a thing. People throw around the “he’s a nice guy” honorific like Pollack does paint but in Jerome’s case it is really true. Nice guy. I picked his brain a bit. Check his work at Monsieur Jerome.
On getting started.
At 14, one friend gave me his old camera. I tried and enjoyed it as a hobby for a long time until I realized people’s reactions to my pictures. I was really intrigued. Then, few years later, another friend, after seeing my first website, hired me for his company. Since I didn’t go to a photography school, I always assumed it was an accident… until I got another contract, then another, ending up working for magazines.
On what makes a good subject.
Probably the challenge. I love people that are different, who challenging codes, new habits. Fashion to me is all about movement and going forward. Whatever your style, from classic to conceptual, I’m looking for people able to embrace new conventions.
On his photography style.
I can’t tell. I try to be the more informative and flattering as possible.
On his personal style.
In one word? I would say boring. More seriously, I’m a pretty classic guy. I’ve mostly obsessions: brogues, peacoat, scout jackets, plaid, polka dots.
On the style of street photographers.
Yes and no. Yes because they need to have a certain style and message about who they are. But personally, I don’t really care. I photograph people that are the opposite of my style. I feel closer to them by sharing the same passion for fashion not just being well dressed.
On the most important gear to have.
Your eye! No matter what kind of equipment you’ve, if you don’t have a good eye, you won’t able to get good pictures. That’s the trick.
On making it.
If you consider the business side, I’m far from it. The magazine and fashion industries don’t consider bloggers like equals. There is maybe a misconception about their importance and the success that some of us got. But, for obvious reasons so it’s a bit schizophrenic. They just need to embrace the movement.
I do have now a good amount of followers but everything is so impermanent that I don’t take anything for granted.
On role models.
I don’t have any. I always loved the idea of a platform where I can share what I think is relevant now. My followers on Facebook and Instagram gave me the responsibility to be think forward and challenge the conventions.
On the most stylish person he knows.
I love Punks. They are really fascinating and I love the social aspect of the movement. Fashion is too often disconnected and self-centered. Punks are a response to a society evolution. I respect tremendously them for their commitment. Beyond what everybody thinks is cool, there is an ideology.
Sportswear is fascinating and might become a bigger source of inspiration.
On America versus the world.
I moved [to America] for personal reasons actually. But I do like how menswear is getting more and more attention. Brands are finally getting younger generations and offering more options to men. Europe, where things have always been better than the USA, is not as reactive now but offers in general more creativity, mostly because of the different cultures. America is where you learn the business side. That’s priceless.