French Cowboy Was born of the shared love of Mia Macfarlane and Julien Crouigneau of photography in 2012. The artist couple has a strong desire to create photographs enriched by storytelling, iconic visuals, and strong artistic direction.
French Cowboy has exhibited their work in Paris, Megeve, Saint Tropez, Lile, Leeds, New York and Norway. They were also guest artists and speakers at the Nordic Light Photography Festival and they were expert portfolio reviewers at Arles Voie Off. They were also interviewed and featured in "The Fashion Image". A reference book that includes Mario Sorrenti, Inez and Vinoodh, Bruce Weber, and Richard Avedon. They produce at least one shoot per issue for IRK Magazine but they also shoot editorials regularly for other magazines including Antonym, and Animal Anatomy. They have had exhibition reviews in numerous magazines including Vogue, Madame Figaro, Huffington Post and more.
Mia and Julien also founded the art and fashion magazine IRK. IRK Magazine is distributed internationally in over a dozen countries and features both emerging and renowned artists.
If money was no object, what luxury item would you buy yourself? A villa in Mallorca
First single/album you bought. Mia: The Doors Strange Days Julien: Donna Summer I Feel Good
Person you’d love to meet? Tim Walker (such a genius)
Describe your ultimate romantic date. It actually happened. It was in Bali and while driving our scooter we discovered an empty hotel on a cliff overlooking an endless wild and impenetrable jungle. No one was at the pool so we asked if we could go for a swim even though we were not guests and they said yes if we have dinner so we agreed. The pool lead up to the edge of the cliff and small swallows kept diving into the pool and just before sunset we had dinner looking over the darkening jungle. Then we continued on our scooter. As it was a full moon there was a Hindu festival and 10000s of people were seated in the middle of the road to pray to the moon. We stopped our scooter and put on our sarong to show our respects. We stayed off to the side not wanting to bother anyone but several people called us over and gave us flowers so that we could also pray. It was better than any date we could imagine.
You are happiest when……. We are creating
What makes you sad? When the people we care about are sad.
If you could change one thing about the world. The Planet first!
What’s the first thing on your bucket list? Cover of Vogue
Favorite Restaurant? Mia: Sushi of Gari New York Julien: Metro in Moscow
Book shop or Record Shop? Mia: Bookshop Julien: Record Shop
Name your favourite book? Mia: It’s too embarrassing Julien: Of Mice and Mem
Pet Hate Snobs
Prize Possession Our Cameras
How many tattoos/piercings do you have? Mia: just a hole in each ear Julien: none we are boring
Gym or Jim Bean? Jim Bean
What colour are your eyes? Mia: Hazel Julien: Blue and I am blond too
Junk Food which is your dirty secret? Mia I got the Fever for the flavor of a Pringle Julien: Paris Brest
What’s your poison? Dark Rhum
Describe your morning routine. Wakeup, coffee, Instagram, facebook, kids to school, workout, shower
Where do you call home? Paris
What makes you laugh? The absurde
What perfume/aftershave do you use? Moschino Cheap & Chic, Julien: Dolce et Gabbana
Whats you favourite season and why? Summer because the days are long and it is hot.
Describe the wildest night out you’ve ever had. Mia: New Years at Websters Hall sometime in the 90s. I was just a spectator of a crazy moment in time. Let’s just say there were women being walked naked on leashes.
What opportunity have you turned down? Why would we do that?
Have you ever been arrested? Mia: No Julien: Yes, for stenciling historical buildings in Paris
Favorite Quote? “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ― Oscar Wilde Julien: I want to go so high, so high. The real song was I want to get high so high by Cypris Hill but as I did not understand the words… I want to go high, so high became my quote.
First Gig? Mia: The Skatalites or the Cramps Julien: Telephone
Biggest Regret? No regrets
Describe something that you are proud of Our POP Sock-it series allowed us to get our first agent, our first exhibition in Paris and be invited to speak and exhibit at the Nordic Light Festival with some of the best contemporary photographers in the world.
Describe yourself in 3 words. Mia: optimistic, Creative, Ready Julien Pessimistic, Creative, Never Ready
Favourite film. Gattaca
How many pairs of shoes do you own? Mia: Probably 100+ It’s ridiculous.
Describe a favourite walk Mia: When we are going somewhere Julien: I prefer my motorbike
Tell us what’s in your bag/pockets Mia: lip gloss, eyeshadow, wallet, phone, & keys
Who was the last person you called? Allison at the Opera Garnier in Paris to organize a shoot with Schiaparelli.
Whats the tune/band that you are listening to the most? Pocket from Easy Life
Whats your cure for a hangover? Oxyboldine and water or start drinking again.