How did you get introduced to photography?
Since my childhood, I have always been interested in art, first by drawing and painting. This interest reflects in my profesional life since I work in the graphic design world as a freelance.
I have always been drawn by artistic creation, and I was naturally interested in photography during travels with my first Canon EOS in 2011. I first started with macro photography. Alone in nature, in front of this little world, I felt really peaceful. I quickly developed an interest in landscape photography during travels and tried long exposure when I discovered Lee filters. I now try to concentrate on architecture with my «skyward» series, and on more conceptual and creative images like my series «Sketch of a life» or «contes oubliés»
Are there any photographers that have inspired you, or that you feel have really influenced your work?
It’s difficult to cite only one, there are so many. The first that comes to mind, is Joel Tjintjelaar who inspired me the most to pursue architectural photography. His black and white renderings are very clean and the minimalism that emerges from each of his images is very impressive. Marc Adamus is a master of light and color, his landscapes are totally amazing. I would like to explore his vision in my future landscape work. Magdalena Wasiczek and Fabien Bravin are my favorite macro photographers and Marsel van Oosten is a sublime nature photographer. Michal Karcz and Erik Johansson are magicians, their compositions are very impressive and hyper-realistic.
How would you describe your style or vision for taking photos?
I like images when you can understand or imagine a little story. We can see lots of beautiful images on the web, with nice colors, but we don’t stay more than a few seconds to look at them. When I make a creative or conceptual images, I try to attract the attention of the viewer and hold it. If the viewer takes time, he will can understand the story I try to explain. Lately, I like to put some dark mood and mystery in my landscape pictures.
When you photograph, do you have a theme in mind?
The problem is that I would like to discover and experience every style photography offers. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time. I have a ton of ideas drawn on paper and I hope, with time, I can realise all of them. First, I would like to develop my architecture series (maybe in other cities such as London, Berlin or Frankfurt…). I would like to develop my sketch/photography series too. I have many more creative and innovative ideas in my head and they will be challenging to realize. But I hope I will be succesful in achieving them all.
What kind of equipment do you use? What is your favorite walkaround lens?
Most of my pictures are taken with a Canon 7D, and a WA 16-35mm f/2.8 or a 50mm f/1.4. I always made my post processing only on Photoshop.
Thanks so much for your time, is there anything else that you would like to add or share?
At some point, I would like to turn my series into a book with detailed text on each image. Perhaps a real exhibition is a possibility. I’m always on the lookout for interesting contacts and propositions.
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