Photography is about hidden meanings and expressing strong emotions, about a moment in time that can tell a story or educate someone in a certain direction. Today’s showcase presents a special project, put together by a very young photographer, yet very skilled.
It’s called “60 Quotes” and it’s still on going, so we will proudly show 41 of them. Each photo comes along with an appropriate quote.
Romain was kindly enough to respond to an interview for Pxleyes and gave us the opportunity to know him better, while talking about life and his special project. Here goes:
Q: Hello B. Romain and welcome to the pxleyes.com community. Please tell us a few words about yourself.
A: Hi Giulia!
As you said, I’m B.Romain, but you can call me Romain. It’s easier and it’s kinda strange when people call me “B”.
I’m 22 years old and I come from Belgium. After some “special teaching studies”, I choose to move to another activity.
I used to be an amateur photographer for almost 4 years now, and just became more serious within the beginning of this year.
Q: You are a professional photographer, working on a special project:”60 Quotes”. Please share with us the thoughts that stand behind it.
A: Back in September 2009, I wanted to start a series. Then I choose to start this “60 quotes project”.
Basically, it is a series of 60 pictures illustrating various quotations.
For each shot, I pick a theme and look for a quote that inspires me. When it’s done, I just have to get out and produce an image that fits it.
This project gave me a new way of understanding photography.
This is really interesting, as you can’t shoot for no reason anymore. It forced me to give a meaning to every single shot I made.
With fixed themes, or even a simple guideline, you’re also forced to work in a specific way, which is really benefic for your creativity.
Q: What kind of gear do you use?
A: Currently, a 5D mark II and 3 lenses. A 50mm f:1.4, a 70-200mm f:2.8 and a 17-40mm f:4.0.
About lighting, a Canon 580ex II and a pair of Yongnuo cheap flashes, triggered with a Cactus system.
To carry everything around, I use a Lowepro slingshot 200aw and a vertex 300.
And of course, last but not least, the old rickety tripod of my grandfather !
Q: Is this your first photography project?
Yes! But I’ll probably start a second one once this project is finished.
I also usually work as a concert photographer. My work is accessible here
Even if this is my main activity, I’d like to keep working on a more “artistic” side.
Q: Do you use any post-editing software? If so, which one’s?
A: Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS4.
The first one for basic editing, like correcting the white balance, colors, reducing the noise.
Photoshop CS4 for everything else (but pretty much nothing for this project).
Q: Which is the most important element, according to you, when taking a shot?
A: Every single element is important. You can’t let aside any of them.
In order to achieve any shot, the first thing should be to find the perfect location. When you’ve got the idea in mind, it will rule the place’s choice.
Let’s take a shot involving bokeh as an example.
If you’re farther from the subject, or if the lights are too close, the effect will not work. With these limitations, you can’t shoot anywhere anymore.
The right moment to shoot is also pretty important. Color changes within the time.
One of the shots in this projects made me move to the seaside. Finding the place wasn’t so hard, excepts about the traveling issue.
I had to shoot in the morning in order to keep my foots dry. This, coupled to the actual weather, was resulting in a pretty grey environment.
About the “composition rules”, I don’t pay much attention to them.
I don’t believe anyone should really follow them literally. They’re pretty logic and comes naturally.
Q: Please give some piece of advice for the artists starting out in this fascinating world of photography.
A: Choose another job!
Of course, I’m kidding. Photography is a really nice, but it’s pretty hard to make a living out of it.
Photography consists mainly in selling your work. Sending it everywhere. Getting known.
It’s gonna take much longer than the actual real shooting time. You’ll need pretty much courage. So if you picked this job, hold on to it!
Thanks for this interview !
If you wish to find back my work, here are a few useful links :
Website : www.b-romain.net
Project on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/profete/sets/72157621721051963/
B.Romain Photography on Facebook : www.facebook.com/bromainphotography
Twitter : @profete
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