Beliefs have the Power to Create and the Power to Destroy

Anne Deniau


Love Looks Not With the Eyes
Thirteen Years with Lee Alexander McQueen 
Anne Deniau

Lee Alexander McQueen (1969–2010), whose design combined visionary aesthetics, emotional power, and extraordinary craft, was known for staging provocative shows that were as much performances as venues to display his couture creations. 
Charged with energy, informed by history and culture, and filled with fresh concepts, McQueen’s shows have become legends not only of fashion but also of art. 
Anne Deniau was the only photographer allowed backstage by McQueen for 13 years, beginning in September 1997 and ending with the final show in March 2010. She captured McQueen working with his close circle of collaborators including designer Sarah Burton, milliner Philip Treacy, jewelry designer Shaun Leane, and model Kate Moss to create his meticulously produced spectacles.  Her book offers an inspiring homage, through the art of photography, to the work of a great artist.



Name: Anne Deniau, aka Ann Ray
Occupation: Image Maker, Writer
Fav. city: New York, Berlin, Guethary, and the next one to discover.
Fav. scent: Orange blossom
Fav. book: Hm. “Lettres à un jeune poète”, Rilke. “Fragments d’un discours
amoureux”, Barthes. “Moon Palace”, Paul Auster. “Bonjour Tristesse”, Sagan
“Au sud de la frontière, à l’ouest du soleil” Murakami

Fav. designer: Lee McQueen, Albert Elbaz, Yves Saint-Laurent, Alaïa, Rei
Kawakubo. Philip Treacy for hats. Shaun Leane for jewels.

Fav. color: I once asked this question to a great Japanese Artist, Moriguchi
Kako, he answered this “Can you imagine the suffering of the other colors if I
was responding to this question ?” Maybe black, because black is warm, deep, intense, infinite and soft like velvet.

Fav. drink: Champagne, Mojito, fresh water.
Fav. dish: grilled scallops. Anything with truffles.
Fav. actor/actress: Cate Blanchett, Juliette Binoche, Tilda Swinton, Benicio
Del Toro, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Julianne Moore, Catherine
Deneuve, Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Devos, Jean Seberg.

Fav. restaurant: Fanelli Café in NY, Ferdi & “la petite cour” in Paris, Hakkasan in London
 What is your motto: I can fly if asked gently
The last movie you have seen: Moonrise kingdom
Who are your heroes: None. People I admire : Odysseus, maybe. Or Camille Claudel. People who are true to themselves.
When and where you the happiest: When there is some kind of harmony, with
precious friends and beloved ones, in a sheltering environment.  It could happen anywhere... In favorite cities : NY, Berlin, London... Or
in front of the ocean, for hours or days. When we are gathered with friends around art : Like enjoying “Einstein on the beach” in January in Amsterdam,
like in Roma with Sylvie Guillem in february, like in last november with Michael Nyman in Mexico.

When doing nothing with somebody makes you happy anyway. The happiness of a presence. Doing nothing. Just being, together.
What is your present state of mind: Il faut aller au bout de ses rêves, c’est  la seule solution possible. (We must pursue our dreams, that’s the only possible way.) No compromise.
 How would you like to die: With love. Quickly.
The Quality you most admire in a man: Kindness. Honesty. Strength & fragility.
Ability for joy. Empathy. Curiosity.
The Quality you most admire in a woman: Kindness. Honesty. Strength & fragility. Ability for joy. Empathy. Curiosity.
Your most marked characteristic: Extreme, probably. Sincere. Up front.
What is your idea of perfect happiness: Fluidity. Like water, waves. Caress. Curves. Something unfinished, unfinishing.
What natural gift would you most like to possess: Curing illness. Teleportation
What do you consider your greatest achievement: My son.
What's the nicest thing someone's ever done for you: Something driven by true love.
If you had to cook dinner for someone tonight, what would you make: Their favorite dishes, if I can, with very good wines.
If you could rid the world of one thing what would it be: brutality in any form
If you won a million dollars what would you do with it: So many options...
Giving money to my beloved ones so they don’t have to worry. Giving funds to
foundations for Children. Launching a gallery for emerging artists. Creating a
beautiful magazine without ads

If your house was on fire and could only grab 3 things, what would they be: My son is not a thing... So : the fire, my notebooks and one photograph.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be: Impatience. & therefore, being less demanding with myself.
What do you have coming up: Another book, exhibitions, works for Paris Opera,
 new photographic projects / seeing family & friends and meeting new interesting persons : the essence of life
DemandetDestroy: Inspiring, so inspiring.


 a few images, from the McQueen book



Alexander McQueen Quotes

''I work with people I admire and respect. It's never because of who they are.''
Alexander McQueen


Image: Gary Wallis

Sebastien Zanella



Name: Sebastien Zanella
Hometown: Hossegor
Occupation:  Photographer & editor in chief at Desillusion magazine
Fav. city: The next i gonna go. 
Fav. scent: Smell of wax, my wetsuit, sand, & ocean
Fav. book: Un Roman Francais by Frederic  Beigbeder
Fav. designer: Hedi Slimane
Fav. color: Black
Fav. drink: Whisky
Fav. dish: Entrecote 
Fav. actor/actress: Javier Bardem
What is your motto: Never tell  anything you know
The last movie you have seen: a unreal short movie - https://vimeo.com/58150375
Who are your heroes: Really don't know, maybe the one i imagine i will be in 10 years.
When and where you the happiest: Home with my family, in the water with some waves
What is your present state of mind: Go go go !
How would you like to die: on saving someone
The Quality you most admire in a woman: patience
The Quality you most admire in a man: passion
 Your most marked characteristic: passioned
What is your idea of perfect happiness: never stop searching it
 What natural gift would you most like to possess: good taste
 What do you consider your greatest achievement: My baby, Jonie
What's the nicest thing someone's ever done for you: My girlfriend, give me a baby ;)
If you could rid the world of one thing what would it be: My old chevrolet caprice 79
 If your house was on fire and could only grab 3 things, what would they be: my  box of negatives pictures, my harddrive & my yashica
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be: unpatience
 What do you have coming up: so many things for just one guy. don't know how i will manage everything. hope surfing more.
DemandetDestroy: love the global aestethic

first shot Dylan Rieder, Los Angeles, sept. 2012

Alex Knost, Costa Mesa, aug. 2012

Sebastien Zanella's links



Ellen Romeijn



Name: Ellen Romeijn 
 HometownAmsterdam, Holland 
OccupationHair and Make-up Artist @ House of Orange
Fav. city: Barcelona and Madrid
Fav. scentCashmere by Chopard
Fav. book: Eat, pray, love
Fav. designer: Gestuz
Fav. color: Black
Fav. drink: Green Thea and water
Fav. dishAsian food
Fav. actor/actress: Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie
Fav. restaurant: Mochi, Den Haag 
What is your motto: Enjoy life 
The last movie you have seen: Intouchables
Who are your heroes: My mother
When and where you the happiest: When i'm with people I love
What is your present state of mindDown to earth
How would you like to die: I don't want to die
The Quality you most admire in a manStraight to the point
The Quality you most admire in a woman: Caring, giving and independent
Your most marked characteristic: I'm a people person
What is your idea of perfect happinessBeing happy with my life, love and work 
What natural gift would you most like to possess: Mind reading 
What do you consider your greatest achievementRunning my own company
What's the nicest thing someone's ever done for you: That my parents support me with everything that I do
If you had to cook dinner for someone tonight, what would you make: I don't cook, I will buy dinner
If you could rid the world of one thing what would it be: Drought 
If you won a million dollars what would you do with itGive my familie whatever they want
If your house was on fire and could only grab 3 things, what would they be: My handbag, IPhone and Macbook
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be: Try to do not everything last minute
What do you have coming up: A lot of work for nice fashion magazines 
DemandetDestroy: The blog is very inspiring! It looks great and I love the music, the feeling and the black and white images.

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