What drew you to street photography initially?
I began to take an interest in photography in 2011. It was my girlfriend of the time who initiated me to photography with a silver box, and immediately knew that it would become my passion.
I noticed that in your images you tend to use light and shadows to create mysterious looking images, where your subjects are rather obscured but still quite interesting. Can you tell us more about that style? Why and how you capture these images, what effect you intend them to have, etc.
Right away I knew that black and white would be my trademark. I like the contrast, the deep blacks and the white saturated limit. I try to always see the world in black and white, so it gives me a head start. My dramatic style means dramatic shots including the scenery, and in the street catch I like things isolated, rarely more than one subject. To catch the light I love, I often get up very early. I only work with fixed focal length.
For street pictures, I have the Fujifilm XPRO 2/23mm f2 (35mm: 24/36). I like this focal length because it allows me to be close to the street scene.
For portraits, I use the Fujifilm XT2/90mm f2 (135mm: 24/36), because it provides very impressive dive images.
Is there any street photographer you can think of that has been an inspiration to you?
With regard to the photographers that inspire me: Vivian Maier is a great inspiration for me, as well as Sabine Weiss and Jeanloup Sieff. But I like other photographers too…
Where is your favorite place to shoot?
Paris is really the place I prefer for my shooting.
Street photography taught me respect for others. I love the wandering, the vagabondage and the freedom that it gives me. I feel free!
See more of Eloi’s work on his Flickr photostream.