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SEBASTIAN ERRAS BIOGRAPHY


Sebastian was born in Southern Germany and began taking photographs seriously after a trip to The Masai Mara in Kenya. Using an aging analogue SLR, camera he started to record wildlife scenes, something he continued to do when he came home, particularly birds and orchids. He took a marketing course, but always harboured a


desire to be a professional photographer, particularly if that meant combining it with his other passion – architecture and design. He now has a pan-European client list where he shoots interiors. His work has been featured in a number of prestigious magazines. The idea of photographing fl oors came after a trip


to Marrakesh, where he visited the Bahia Palace and noted the mosaic fl oors. He shot them and included his feet as a reference to show the ornate image was actually a fl oor. At the time he was working a lot in Paris where he began noticing similarly colourful tiles and mosaic fl oors in restaurants, galleries and cafes. He launched his Parisian Floors account on Instagram in 2015 and it now has 164,000 followers.


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of the image and I try to colour match them as best as possible with the fl oors I fi nd, which means that sometimes I leave the house with a bag with two or three spare pairs.


DOMOTEX : As someone with such a diverse portfolio, how do you manage to divide your time? SEBASTIAN: I’m a full time interiors and travel photographer. The fact that I travel quite regularly and get to access a lot of places can come in very handy. For example, I can have an interior shoot within a beautiful apartment in Paris and then, when entering the building, I


might discover a cool new fl oor. So I take a minute to snap a picture. At the beginning of the project I would tend to use some of my days off to hunt for new fl oors. I would a pick a neighbourhood that I hadn’t been to, then get my backpack with spare shoes and then just walk through it looking for new and exciting fl oors. Now after nearly six years it has become a lot more diffi cult. I have photographed probably more than 500 in Paris alone and nowadays I need to do a lot more preparation in order to fi nd a new fl oor to shoot.


DOMOTEX : Snapping fl oors may seem odd to some but you’ve contributed to a huge movement of appreciation of the subject. Was that your intention when you started? SEBASTIAN: I like sharing my passion. I am fascinated by the design and colours of all these fl oors, I see every day. Instagram gave me an easy way of sharing that passion with a very wide audience. I grew with the movement but that was never the intention. It still remains a personal and fun project for me.


DOMOTEX MAGAZINE 2021


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