Movie set working with director
I was born in Paris, the city of inspiration. I briefly studied art history because I liked to paint and play with colors, but the theoretical work was never enough for me. I happened to discover photography right at the start of the digital revolution and bought one of the earliest digital cameras on the market. A whole world of infinite possibilities suddenly opened up to me. My humble beginnings were strongly influenced by legendary artists such as Annie Leibovitz, David Lachapelle, Brassaï, but also by some lesser known artists, such as Zhang Jingna, Sarachmet …
I soon realized that I was designing my photographs like movie scenes, so I decided to further my studies in this direction by attending a film school in Paris, specializing in cinematography. Considering that cinema is essentially just 25 photographs per second, I learned a wide range of skills in lighting, framing and image processing that continues to bring something unique to my photography today. I like to use cinematic lighting equipment for my photos (Fresnel, gelatin filters…) when the conditions allow for controlled lighting, but also natural light as well, all to enhance the settings of the camera. I’m also passionate about high-end digital editing, retouching and calibration.
I have a real love for film processing from these experiences and I think every photographer (photo = light, grapher = to write) should understand the technical origins of their art / craft. Because of this,I still take pictures with an old camera and I enjoy making all the manual adjustments on it by using a light meter. I especially love developing the negatives myself into the final photographs. A personal work from beginning to end, one which gives me a great sense satisfaction and a unique emotion upon the images on paper.
I practiced all kinds of photography in Paris; fashion, food, travel, studio photography, conventional portraits, informal portraits, film unit stills … I have a special love for people, faces, bodies, textures … staged or studied by the lens. I want my photographs to be humble, beautiful, true. I’m more interested in capturing the truth of a person’s spirit than the details of their skin. I like to photograph and highlight what I see within a person or in a landscape.
In 2017, I moved to Wellington, New Zealand, after having visited this beautiful country once before, far and wide. I hope the skills I learnt in Paris will help me make beautiful works of discovery in this new world that surrounds me.
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