photographs by Maciek Pozoga
Where is your studio exactly and how long have you been working there?
Our studio is in Paris, in the 11th district close to Le Haut-Marais, to be more precise.
It is a very quiet area and also very central, it is within a large courtyard in a passage where there were old goldsmith workshops. Now most of the space is rehabilitated in studios or offices.
We’ve been working here for over a year now, and it feels nice.
What are the pros and cons of your studio?
It’s really good to have a physical space to work. Our studio is in a very quiet and cool area with a beautiful natural light, which is rare in Paris, and it is also very close to my home. About the cons, a slight lack of space from time to time, but everyone always wants more space.
How many hours do you usually spend there per week?
About 10 hours per day, it depends on the projects we are working on.
We may be shooting for a client, or meeting with an artist, but the studio remains our headquarters and the main starting point for all our projects. So my weeks are always busy in a way.
Do you have your own daily routine within the studio? For example, do you usually start by answering your emails then get to work etc?
Somehow yes, but we are fortunate to be independent and can manage our days as we want.
I mostly work and follow all the projects related to the publishing house and the Studio part (art direction, consulting, photography, photo editing, meetings etc).
The only aspect of the routine as he described it previously, is to wait until my partner Aurélien - who lives in New York - starts his day to have a Skype conference with him, and talk about life and work.
Are there things you deliberately forbid yourself to do/have within the studio in order to be more productive?
Not really, though I might not have a beer until I’ve accomplished a couple of things I had to do that day.
Do you sometimes wish you had your own studio? What are the pros and cons of sharing your workspace with someone else?
In my case, I use to work with my partners on the same projects, so I think it is an advantage to share it with them.
We work as a group so we need to meet regularly to discuss the work in progress and exchange about it. So, I think of our workspace as a central nucleus to our creative process and to our research.
What is your favorite track to edit photos to?
Here are a few pieces amongst many others..
for more of Nicolas’ work, please visit www.etudes-studio.com