Back in 2011, I did not know anything about photography. I just decided to leave my confortable but boring life in Paris to travel the world. I started with Canada and I am still here today. Why did I stop there? Encounters.
Life is strange. It sometimes brings up very tiny pieces of a giant puzzle that fit perfectly together. For a while, I was more like a little amateur street and landscape photographer, because I just loved walking and sharing those unique moments of life. When I got my family, doing street photography was becoming very difficult, my priorities were changing. I thought about shooting in a studio, perhaps but how? When? With who? I did not know where to start and what to do. At this point, I was about to give up photography. That was back in 2015.
The turning point was when I met a very good friend of mine: Viktor Tatran. He is a photographer with a long and experienced background: Photographer of war, fashion photographer, erotic photographer. You know, one of these old-fashioned photographers who learned everything during the golden age of photography alongside iconic figures such as Helmut Newton or Robert Mapplethorpe. I felt in love with his work and his philosophy.
I discovered for the first time what was the meaning of art and why this is so important. I had no artistic background whatsoever, and It touched me so deeply like I suddenly knew what my purpose was. The good thing is that he was willing to share his knowledge because he believes artists have a duty to pass the torch to the ones to follow. I suppose he saw some potential in me, he took me under his wing and helped me to get started.
All the rest I learned it by working hard, observing the others, by asking questions, reading books, watching videos,practicing, making mistakes and trying again.
I am still learning every day, every photoshoot is an opportunity to grow, to learn, to improve and to share.