Sébastien Salamand better known as “Le Turk” creates surrealistic images featuring themes around the carnival and burlesque scene in a vintage cinematic flair. His series Salbatar Circus shows dramatically staged elephantine women, potbellied acrobats, scarlet harlots and pathetic jugglers. Forgotten, but unwilling to stop the show, these outcasts seem to continue their performance infront of an imaginary audience. For more check out www.leturk.com.
Whom do you look up to?
Are there any personalities that have contributed to your successful career path?
I don’t have a “career”. And I guess all the people who have loved me helped me. My family. My love. My first (and only) boss. God. Johann Sebastian Bach. Nietzsche.
Who or what has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?
Jesus Christ. Because we have nothing else to do but love.
What made you want to become a photographer?
I never wanted to become a photographer. And I still don’t. I’ve found a means of expression which could make me produce quickly and with which I could earn my living.
How do you define creativity?
Creativity is when man plays (and I emphasize the “game”) to be God, to taste, a little to the exhilaration of goodness, beauty, balance, fury. It is to connect and honor Him. Waiting to join Him.
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
Do not listen to any moron! And fend for yourself!
Do you have a favourite quote that describes what you truly believe in?
« Français sans peur, Chrétien sans reproche ». Chevalier Bayard. (France without Fear. Christs without reproach.)
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as a photographer?
To pay my rent!