What drew you to street photography initially?
This is entirely Henri Cartier Bresson’s fault! I am a huge fan of his work indeed, and I have the mad ambition to imitate him. If the truth be told, even if I really try to do my best, I would feel blessed if I could inherit only 10% of his talent…
How would you describe your street photography style?
With respect to my street photography style, I don’t believe I have one and I am not sure I am seeking to get one…I guess I don’t want to be the slave of my own style. And diversity is part of the fun isn’t it?
I feel like you really know how to take advantage of light when you are out on the streets. What advice would you give new street photographers as to how to use light in street photography?
Actually I don’t really worry about light. So much the better if I am lucky enough to get great light but I do believe that a good street shot is a story telling image or a picture with a bit of emotional impact not a technically perfect image. When I started photography I was looking for sharpness corner to corner, accurate colours and so on but it is not like that anymore.
This shot is ultra dramatic:
Can you tell us a little about how you got it?
I was walking down the street in Lyon when the poster of the old man in the shop window caught my eye ; a man with interesting profile came at the same time and thinking that the juxtaposition of the two faces could create a cool picture, I just shot the scene on-the-fly from the hip…et voila…In fact, that’s my secret trick (please don’t repeat it) as my friend Ben from Sydney used to say : “I press the button and hope for the best.”
Why do you think street photography is important?
This a pretty philosophical question you are asking 🙂 I think street photography is important – at least for me – because it is useless…I myself spend a large part of my time with serious practical business and I do not spend enough time on activities that I am deeply fond of…Actually, it’s a good way to relax and get in touch or share a passion with other photographers from around the world.
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