Ramez El Saïd won the award Art Limited in july 2007. ALTphotos, deviantART, Obsküre (an interview in 2005 in french).
How did your passion begin ?
Working in a hospital I wanted to express the joys and pains I witnessed every day. At first I grabbed a camera and tried to shoot corridors, patients etc... It happened to be a total failure. Afterwards I decided to start from scratch and manipulate images with the same purpose.
How long could you be far from your camera ?
I can forget my camera for months... until something flickers in my mind. I'm a sort of "sleeping agent"?
What inspires you ?
At first the medical environment, as I said. Most of the time it can be writings and movies, of course.
Do you feel particularly inspired by a type of location ?
Mostly desert places, I think. Since I made a trip to Iceland 10 years ago.
Who are your great guys in the job ?
There's too many of them ! Ok, regarding the renowned ones I'ld say Todd Browning, Fritz Lang, Bacon... For the people I know, all my friends in DeviantArt (I'm lazy, I know).
"Not alone anymore"
What is your process of artistic creation ? Chaos or Order ?
Both like most people I suppose... Sometimes I have a picture I manipulate without thinking and hope that it will end properly. Sometimes I have an idea and try get a result the closest to what's in my mind. Both process are a pain in the neck.
Your preferences, indoor, outdoor, natural lights, color ?Indoors and natural light. I don't know how to use those big flashes with umbrellas.
Do you find easily your models ?
Easily ? No. Most of the time we eat drink and talk... And eventually if there's time left we shoot a little. Being a mediterranean, the models are like guests.
Do you make many corrections on a long period ?
I take too much time... I think too much, go backwards.
I understand... And how do you know when your work is finished ?
Until now I never know... but now I can live with it.
How do you feel when your work leaves you ?
Subtle question... I'm the kind of person that can easily tear my drawings, even if I spent hours on it. Same thing on digital files (but don't worry, the raw picture is still safe).
What is your artistic dream ?
Well... Being inspired until I die ? Only a dream of course.
A beautiful one ! Have you scheduled your next exhibition ?
There's an exhibition to come, but as you noticed, communication is my weak point. No precise date until now.
And a book to come ?
Hey ! There's another dream !
What's for your next future ?
The "artistic" future is quite uncertain. The priority being my real work and my family... But I hope that I can keep everything balanced together.
Thanks a lot for your trust !