I’ve known Pierre for a minute now. Before my original twitter got suspended he was one of the first people I connected with on there. We both have a shared love of Blood Orange, Pharrell, Tyler, and a bunch of other shit and we’d constantly go back and forth on them. Then, following him on instagram I found out that he takes fire ass photos and directs. Whatever medium Pierre is using to showcase his talent he finds a way to make sure you know he did it. I was surprised when he agreed to do this, but then again, I’m surprised when anyone agrees to interviews with us. This shit was great though! We talked about a lot of shit: His short film BUFFALO, his influences, what the future has in store, and more!
Deshaun: When did you first pick up a camera?
Pierre Le Fleur: At 18, but been wanting to do it since 10.
D: Did you finally get the camera as a gift or did you save up to get one?
PLF: I copped one myself, ain’t no handouts.
D: Facts, what kind was it?
PLF: Canon 7D
D: How did you develop your style?
PLF: Skate docs, tumblr, indie films. Just knowing how some visuals look really be catching my attention 100%.
D: Just a random question: Did you watch/like Mid90s?
PLF: Yes it’s ight. Felt like watching a soft ass Kids.
D: I got the same exact feeling. Do you have a favorite film?
PLF: Paid In Full
D: Do you have any major influences? Doesn’t have to be photographers.
PLF: Terry Kennedy, Bam Margera, Tyshawn Jones, Na-kel Smith, Lucien Clark, All the cast of Jackass, All the black directors in the world, Tyler, Earl, Master P, Pharrell, Jay-Z, Carti, Kelis, Badu, The Internet, Old Gucci Mane, Chief Keef, Toro Y Moi, Cash Money Records, Kilo Kish, Stereolab, Kid Cudi, Old Kanye, Waka Flocka, Cosmo Pyke, Bakar, and King Krule. Mash all them up n you basically have me
D: That’s a great list. Stereolab though. Lætitia Sadier’s voice is fire. I remember first hearing her on Wolf. With having all of those influences what impact have they had on your creations?
PLF: The way I want stuff to be shot. All the stuff I shoot not even what I really want it to be but I’ll get there once it feels complete.
D: So now that it’s out how do you feel about your short that you just released?
PLF: Relieved, executed, time to work on something else.
D: where did the idea for it come from?
PLF: Black women being great. Showing no matter what the hardships are they’ll always prevail. Like black civil activists back in the 60’s and 70’s I just wanted to show appreciation to.
PLF: Music taste is endless I’m into a lot of shit. I see things mad differently.
D: It shows man. Do you like directing more than shooting pictures? Or are they hand in hand?
PLF: Hand in hand I love doing both, I love this shit. Nothing can stop me forreal forreal I’m telling you, I’m built for this shit.
D: I fully believe that. It shows forreal. So what’s next?
PLF: I don’t even know we’ll see though, I juss like to gradually progress with my work and see where it takes me. Shit I might juss start DJ-ing I only do stuff I like or find new interest in.
D: I’m excited to see whatever it is man honestly. Oh! One last question: How did it feel when Dev posted the picture you took of him?
PLF: Nigga I was stoked! Like, “Oh fuck I listen to this man everyday and mans did that for me!” We had a conversation after his DJ set and mans was so genuine. It felt like a mental autograph lol.
D: So fire man I was hyped when I saw you tagged. Well that’s it for me. anything else you want to add?
PLF: Yeah, I smell really good right now like, damn I wish my imagine gf was here to smell me.
D: You want that in there?
PLF: Yes, please do.
D: Bet lol thanks man.
All photos and videos by Pierre Le Fleur*