Interview: Photographer Stéphane La Neve
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Tell us something about yourself
I am a 37-year-old French photographer. I also work as a financial advisor in a bank.
How and when did you get into photography?
We'll say it's from birth;)
My father loved to do landscape photography during his hikes, I found myself quickly with a small camera in my hands.
And like any teenager, I stopped… And I resumed a few years ago as a simple occupation. An occupation that has become more than just a passion !
What is your purpose in photography?
I try to transcribe on an image what has subjugated me in the personality of the person I am photographing.
Moreover it allows me to meet incredible people whom I would never meet in another context!
What does photography mean to you?
Photography is like a kind of psychotherapy for me. It calms me and allows me to know myself better through the others.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
I like natural, spontaneity, portraits. I try to grasp the present moment, the true nature of the person I have in front of me and not the posed side. You can also find a bit of me in each image according to my mood!
Where do you get inspiration from?
Pretty much everywhere. I watch people enormously, there is nothing more revealing and inspiring for me. A place, a music, a color can also be at the origin of an idea.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
It depends on the context and the demand. However for my personal work, I rather like the spontaneous and unprepared side even if I still have an idea in mind of what I want.
Do not forget the personality of the model that can make me completely change my idea during the shooting!
Do you work on your photos and describe your post production work?
I'm already trying to have the raw photo closest to what I want to have at the end. I love to work contrasts and colorimetry to get closer to argentic look.
My weakness : dodge and burn; for me it is the perfect tool!
Studio, on location or both?
At first I was only doing studio, but now I tend to prefer location because it takes me out of my comfort zone.
What are the places and topics that appeal to you the most?
The places near the sea and the ocean are the ones that speak to me the most.
Difficult to explain why but I feel "at home". There reigns a lightness, a spontaneity that imbues the people I photograph - I hope so ;) !
What would you like to photograph?
My dream would be to use the landscapes of Hawaii as a backdrop.
What is the most important thing you've learned over the years?
That a photo can have a considerable impact on the image that the person I photograph has on its own!
What are your future or short term plans?
Continue to develop my photographic style, learn more and always so I can try to work with people and for the brand that inspires me.
What are you looking for models with whom you work?
Above all the feeling and the person inspires me !
To be a little more precise: spontaneity, a little grain of madness, and especially to love her smile!
What do you think of our new magazine?
I find it’s a good idea to interview the models and the photographers, it allows to know who "hide" behind the photos and to apprehend their way of working!
Do you still have a message for the models?
A message no, but a big thank you yes! A big thank you to all those who trusted me and those who will do it in the future!