Girl's Crush: Morgane Lay
Let’s meet Morgane. A lovely French photographer based in London who has just brought to life a magical photoshoot in the French Basque Country with our team riders Lara Dominguez and Pacha Light for the Fall 17 collection.
Can you quickly introduce yourself and tell us more about your background and childhood in Biarritz?
I am a pure ‘Biarrote’ and I feel very thankful to have been able to spend the first 18 years of my life growing up in such a beautiful part of the world. The culture, the people, the food and the landscape, they’re all amazing. For me, growing up in Biarritz meant spending every single sunny day at la Côte des Basques.
When did you first start taking pictures? What was your first camera?
I was probably around 16 or 17 years old, I had always had a big interest in photography so my uncle gave me a Mamiya Press, I was so fascinated by it. I haven’t stopped taking photos since.
What motivated you to move to London?
I moved to London to be with my boyfriend and to pursue my career as a photographer. I can’t believe I’ve been living here for 4 years already!
How would you describe your photography style?
I try to always carry out an organic approach with the people who I am photographing. It’s important to make them feel at ease, so they can reveal their true selves to me and my lens, all the whilst trying to create a kind of intimacy and keeping things quite raw. Arrgggh, it’s so difficult to talk about your own work isn’t it!
The coolest project of the year?
Flying to LA for 48 hours for a shoot. It was so tiring but the 5am light I managed to catch on the photos was so worth it.
What personal projects are you working on right now?
I honestly don’t have time for personal projects at the moment, but I am going to Brazil at the end of the year and hoping to take some good photos there. Follow my Instagram for updates
A memory in Biarritz you want to share
A picnic at the Jaizkibel. The sun was setting, the clouds were covering the sea and kept rolling up and down the hills, the view was spectacular. The Basque Country was seriously showing off that evening!
Do you have any special tips to recommend in Biarritz?
Drinks at la Côte des Basques after a swim. Lunch and furniture shopping at Gaztelur and truffle omelettes for breakfast at Maison Balme. I also love climbing the Rhune on a summer morning.
The big differences between the London & Biarritz way of life?
The light, it’s grey and dark soooooo early here, I still moan about it every day. I gave up the idea of getting a tan a long time ago and I miss spamming my Instagram with Biarritz's amazing sunsets.
Any special spots in London?
Plenty, plenty of special spots. London is actually the best place when it comes to great food (I know you wouldn’t think so, but it really is). So here’s a list of my favourite places to eat :
Padella pasta, Berber and q, Barbary, On the bab, Dishoom, Ottolenghi.
I also love Broadway market on Saturdays, a long walk in Hampstead Heath and a good exhibition at the Whitechapel gallery.
> Follow Morgane on Instagram @morganelay