Baudoin’s most improbable dreams saw him as a bassist in a New York jazz band circa 1970. However, born in france in 1977 and unable to carry off an afro hairstyle, he decided to become a photographer. That’s fate for you ; sometimes the slightest detail can change your life.
Baudouin took his first photos in Ireland. He tried and tested different formats, got to grips with light, mastered black and white photography and worked on framing his subject. He studied the work of his mentors, immersing himself in their universe and techniques, his bedroom walls lined with compositions by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Martin Parr’s colour photography, and witty images by Elliott Erwitt. Baudouin honed his style ; on returning to Paris, he began specialising in colour portraits.
I’m a parisian lady
“World feminine myth, the Parisian’ lady is renowned to be an icon of elegance and of savoir vivre. Often dreamt but rarely unveiled ; these women are a mystery for all. We all have our own vision of the Parisian lady but everybody got it wrong. Hence, I engaged in a photographic process of “Les Parisiennes” to unveil this myth, or at least to lighten it up or to update it.
The concept of the following photographs is to shoot some Parisien ladies from unknown bakground at home and in the middle of their daily life. We are going away from the cliché of the actress of from the celebrity to the unknown who represent the real parisian lady. So as to get as close as possible from the essence of the Parisian culture. The goal is hence to describe their way of life throw trends and codes. I have made a point that all the photographed women have been born, raised and educated within the city of paris. Those are the ones that naturally carry the Parisian culture without the desire to become Parisians. They can be opposed to those who can just be described as aspirants.”