This year has been without a doubt driven by the desire to sharpen my craft. I think you can never consider yourself as done with the learning process, photography is just so complex and wide open. I had promised myself I would take a class of some sort before the end of the year, just to keep my creative juices flowing and learn from other professionals with different experiences and horizons. I ended up signing up for an advanced studio lighting class at the ICP. Below are some study material produced these past few weeks.
Challenging, exciting, frustrating, daunting and humbling are words that come to my mind when describing the process of the class. And I am not even half way into it yet.
Below: The exercise was to reproduce a famous shot form the movie In the mood for Love by Kar Wai Wong.
In God We Trust is a brooklyn based line of really cool jewelry pieces and clothing. I had the pleasure to shoot their work space last month for Beautiful Savage mag as they were running a feature / interview on the owner and creator Shana Tabor.
What I love about them is the timeless aesthetic of their vintage-inspired retail spaces (three in NYC alone) that transport you somehow in time and make you want to stay for ever and forget about the reality of the city around you. They create everything on premises, a fascinating well-orchestrated growing microcosm of creativity.
In God We Trust est une ligne de vêtements et bijoux qui commence à se faire un beau petit nom ici à new York. Ils ont déjà trois magasins ouverts entre Manhattan et Brooklyn. Une équipe de créatifs et petites mains qui confectionnent de l'idée au produit fini chaque pièce dans les locaux d'un Loft à Broooklyn. J'ai eu le plaisir de le photographier le mois dernier pour le magazine Beautiful Savage.
About a year ago I received a very understated email from a reader in Sweden. A photographer. It was a simple hello with a nice word on my work. I sort of sensed a genuine quality in this person, I couldn't find the trace of a "check out my work" link or anything that was asking for something in return in this email. Just a bare compliment. The best of kinds.
This person was Marcus Nyberg. We have since kept in touch about our respective work, progress, frustrations and visions as photographers and he has become a huge inspiration for me. I love watching his work progress. It makes me want to push myself to achieve what he does. I think his strength is in portraiture, something that I have been obsessing over a bit this year with my own work and that he masters with such effortlessness. I know how difficult it is to get emotion out of a subject. I know. I fail at it most of the time. But he nails it like no other. He must have wonderful directing capabilities. His editing skills are equally impressive to me.
Marcus' imagery is reminiscent of golden age dutch paintings. It was no surprise that we both admitted to each other that one of our biggest influence right now is the work of Julia Hetta. I can see it clearly in his work.
We have never met, but we think we should one day work on a common project. We have yet to find our subject. And I imagine it to be the most compelling collaboration i'll ever venture in. I feel so privileged to have found a friend in this incredible talent.
J'ai découvert le travail de Marcus il y a environ un an. Il m'avait contacté via le blog pour me donner un joli compliment et on a tout de suite lié une amitié mais aussi une curieuse fascination pour le travail de l'un et de l'autre. Je trouve son style absolument splendide, ses portraits d'une grande emotion, il aime mon regard et ma "capacité à capturer le calme de la vie" dit-il si gentillement sur son blog.
A force de correspondances, nous en sommes venu à la conclusion qu'il serait vraiment génial de collaborer sur un sujet, même à distance puisque nous ne nous sommes jamais rencontrés. Marcus vit en Suède. Nous n'avons pas encore trouvé ce sujet, mais je sais déjà que quoiqu'il arrive, ce projet sera fantastique.
Some cute stuff I shot for A.Cheng store this week - Hello Habeens, I want you at my feet!
Wrapping things up for my last week in town. I am getting ready for my well anticipated trip to France, leaving in few days and my mind is restless. For some reason, every time I am about to see my folks again, it feels like I am going on a first date. That's how excited and emotional I get. Butterflies in the stomach and all.
I will take a little break from blogging but will be Instagraming like a pro!
Quelques clichés de ma dernière session photo pour le magasin A.Cheng.
Derniers préparatifs avant mon départ pour Paris, puis Strasbourg, puis re-Paris. Ok, on respire profondément... Je trépide d'impatience, retrouver ma famille est toujours un moment de grande excitation.
Je vous revois tres bientôt ici, ou vous pouvez toujours me suivre sur Instagram.
I am thrilled to be once again part of the of the awesome Design Sponge blog comunity. Today is to present the lovely Park Slope place of Jewelry designer and friend Iwona Ludyga.
In the beginning, we had hoped to shoot her place in the heart of summer (mainly for my blog features "an afternoon with..." ) because of her amazing outdoor space that she transforms into an extra living space by setting up a tent seamlessely leading the living room into the outdoors.
But Design Sponge contacted her about a month ago and we had to seize the opportunity and shoot it right away, in the rather stark light of winter. Luckily, the day of our photo shoot giant snow flakes were swirling outside and gave her place this lovely cosy look.
Her work studio was very tidy that day, much the opposite of how I have seen it before. Her design studio is made of a team of little hands she supervises daily while taking care of business and family. She runs a tight ship!
Iwona is one of the most talented person I know, everything she touches turns into gold so to speak. She can paint (the giant black painting in the living room is hers), draw, cook, design, decorate and pocesses a sick sense of color and style. I adore her.
Congratulations on the D*S feature Iwona! Check out the full Sneak Peek here.
Continuing my portrait series. Here is Eleanor that I shot about two weeks ago. The story was inspired by the work of Julia Hetta. Hands down my favorite contemporary photographer.
I met Eleanor randomly in a city bus last summer. Eight months later I finally got my story together and she kindly agreed to be my model for few hours. That's the great advantage of living in a city like New York and to be well, a female photographer.
All these years of focusing on photographing still life, interiors, nature and lots of in-animated subjects, I realize that I have let my introvert-ridden fears completely deny me from exploring portraiture. This year I made a promise to myself that I would start shooting more people. Be it portrait, fashion, lifestyle you name it. Anything that will tip my fears over the edge.
I would say that my usual way to direct a model would be to ask her for a quiet, still and almost emotionless expression. An aesthetic I very much relate to and get inspired by. But this time was different, I was shooting a girl that was exuding such a positive and fresh energy, I started thinking that there is actual joy in photographing spontaneity in people and not overthink it sometimes. My next portrait session just happened yesterday, and was directed more in my 'usual style' I would say. Photographs soon to come. The session below was shot last week.
So here is to positivism, overcoming fears and reinventing your own rules!
Cette année, on oublie les inhibitions et on se lance dans le portrait. Une série qui ne fait que commencer, des styles différents à venir très bientôt dans mon nouveau portfolio.
Cette-fois ci, c'était une fille spontanée et relaxe, la prochaine sera plus immobile et etudiée. J'explore des allées qui m'ont toujours retenue ou fait peur pour des raisons multiples, mais cetteannée, les choses changent. Le contact avec le sujet humain m'ouvre vraiment de nouveaux horizons en tant que photographe.
Today's been grey, cold and damp: a classic December day. I knew these beautiful photographs from Alexandra Valenti would put everything back into perspective for me. I had somehow saved them on my desktop for inspiration. I Love her color process and the whole etheral girl power theme in this work. So refreshing.
Dernièrement, j'ai commencé la photo de vêtements et accessoires pour un magasin en ligne. Et je dois avouer que je m'éclate. La plupart des photographes trouvent ça ennuyeux et répétitif. Ce que je peux comprendre. Pour moi, c'est une façon d'explorer la qualité d'une couleur ou d'une matière et de la rendre palpable à celui ou celle qui la regarde.
Et puis j'adore la narration que chaque image crée dans le récit final.