ECR: Tell us a bit about yourself and what the practice of photography means to you?
Pierre: I was born in France in 1977. I've been studying art history and photography, and then assisted photographers between Paris and New York. I started to work on my portfolio three years ago, and I've been lucky enough to make it for a living since then. This is priceless.
ECR: What are you attempting to reveal through your work?
Pierre: Well, difficult to say. I guess that's the best way of expressing myself so talking about it is not the easiest for me. But there are a few subjects coming back and forth. My love for colour, my attraction for deep blacks, a certain statuesque aestheticism and of course the female body. I'm no artist or psychologist or feminist, these are just photographs, but as far as I can, I'm trying to put my models forward, give them some kind of strength and pride, even if nudity involved. I like them powerful.
ECR: How important are lighting techniques and dramatic effects for achieving emotive connotation in your chosen subjects?
Pierre: It really depends on my mood, what the subjects inspire in me. I'm not a great story teller, I try to focus more on the different aspects of the character I want to put forward. Im using any tools available to amplify the vision I have.
ECR: Do you invest time working on your images in post production? If so, how does this aspect feed into your process?
Pierre: Post production is a part of the whole process for me. I do everything myself. This is where I finalize the pictures and make them real. It can be very minimal. I can also spend a couple of days to do colour correction on a single picture. But I never expect this part of the job to save my pictures. I always know before shooting how much retouching will be part of it. I hate overly retouched pictures. I love skin and always try to keep this not-so-perfect charming touch. I love life.
ECR: How do you define photography, and where do you situate your work within the practice?
Pierre: I'm a photographer. I don't really see myself as an artist or anything like that. Im thankful for getting paid for what I like. I've never been after big money jobs. I try to keep it real to what it means to me, work on my imagery and try to get clients to see it; and eventually love it enough to book me.
ECR: What tools of the trade are you currently using and experimenting with?
Pierre: I'm not so much into equipment. I just need basic tools. Only shooting digital though for a matter of efficiency. No point for me to shoot film. At the moment I'm doing everything with my Canon MarkIII and 100mm macro lens.
ECR: Do you have any important life lessons learned through photography that you could share?
Pierre: Don't take yourself too seriously. There is always something to learn from others.
ECR: How do you foresee photography evolving in the future?
Pierre: I don't know; I cant really predict anything. Everything is getting very commercial and photography has to fit the market and its needs. Which is not the brightest future we can hope for...
ECR: Do you have any important lessons for others?
Pierre: Fight for what you believe in. Be polite. Keep it real.
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