Nicolas Evariste, a.k.a. Nicoweb is a young French photographer who specialized in b&w photography and who manages to capture life in astonishing ways. Focusing on simple, singular subjects, Nocolas’ art is clean, pure and absolutely astonishing. pxleyes.com has questioned him and tried to find out more about who is the real artist behind the name. Here goes!
Q: Who is the person behind the talent “Nicoweb” ? Tell us your real name, age, where do you live, what do you do…
A: I’m Nicolas Evariste, 24 years old photographer and coming from Granville in Normandy (France).
I carry a strong interest in landscape photography of my area, in macro and in animals photography too.
Photography, but not only … Indeed, I am passionate about everything related to the picture. Fanatical about painting, cinema, or literature, I like the image in all its forms!
You’ll find more photographs or informations on my website: www.nicolas-evariste.fr
Q: When did you discover your passion and talent for photography? How did it all start?
A: I started photography in 2006. I was quickly attracted by black and white, duotone and square format.
Freelance graphic designer by trade, the practice of photography came naturally enough, in continuity with my graphic design works. It also allowed me to evolve in this area, offering me an additional tool for my creative process.
Today, this passion gains more and more space, whether in my personal or professional projects.
Q: Do you use any image editing software after the shooting sessions? If so, what is that?
A: Yes, I shot all my photographs in RAW format that allow me to work them with Camera Raw (and Photoshop).
My main editions are contrast and colors adjustments and crops to obtain the square format (I’m working with a Canon 5D MKII, so square is not the native format of the pictures).
Q: Are there any famous artists whom you admire or who influenced your work?
A: There are many people who influenced my works.
For the landscapes, photographers like Michael Kenna, David Burdeny or Josef Hoflehner are a great source of inspiration.
And for the animals photographs, Nick Brandt, Laurent Baheux and Gregory Colbert… impressive photographers too!
Q: Which is your favorite shooting location? Or perhaps you have a favorite subject?
A: Nature is a recurring theme in most of my series.
Since I was little I’ve the chance to live in the countryside, to meet beautiful landscapes and a nature still untouched … it would be a shame not to enjoy this opportunity and not share it with the others.
Q: Do you have your own studio or you’re more of an “outside” photographer?
A: Currently all my photographs has been taken outside. But I’m thinking about some future human portraits… so perhaps studio’s shots will coming soon (but I don’t have my own studio yet!).
Q: What advice would you give to a photographer just starting out?
A: I’ve got 3 important rules:
1 – “Quality is more important than quantity”. You must be very patient! Most of the time when I take pictures, I come back with a full memory card and finally all pictures will go to the trash. To have a satisfying result, it’s sometimes necessary to do and redo the photo.
2 – Take pictures for fun and not put pressure … don’t make photo by obligations!
3 – Forget the rules