Why We Chose to Create Fine Art Photographs – Part 1
We started working as professional photographers in June 2003 when we were in the United States for two years. We have evolved a lot in order to take in 2010, the turn of artistic photography.
Once Upon a Time …
We began our career as professional photographers by selling photographs for magazines specializing in underwater photography. We also wrote the texts in French or in English because we are bilingual.
Naturally, this approach has led us to publish technical books on photography but also to produce images for photo agencies that are more commonly called stocks. Today, we still have thousands of images on sale in different international stocks.
After seven years of demanding work, we realized that the days were always longer and longer, but our financial income stagnated. The competition between the photographers became harder and harder as their numbers kept growing. Moreover, we did not have the same pleasure to make photos because they were always almost identical.
Motivation gradually disappeared, giving way to a great weariness. We did not really have any more goals to achieve. The only we had was the production of new images of illustration. Which is not really a very interesting goal for us.
While we were in a state of fatigue and intense overwork, we decided to go back to the basics. We went on a trip to the coast of Charente-Maritime in France where we had spent a lot of time before coming to the United States.
It was winter 2010. We had the revelation during this trip.
In order to relax, to change our ideas, to find new energy, we decided to make some pictures of the Atlantic Ocean. We were seeking calm and serenity. From the first session, we started to live again, to breathe without being blocked. Despite the icy north wind and our frozen hands, we stayed out with our cameras until nightfall. For several days, we did this experiment again. Because it was just for fun and not for work.
During each photo session, we only made one or two photographs. We spent hours contemplating the ocean, watching the waves, feeling the sea air so special to this region. We were very far from the state of mind of shootings for agencies and magazines. First the first time in years, we took our time to create photographs. It was not for technical reasons because photography is an area that we mastered as professional photographers. We took our time to think, to understand, to make sense of our photographs. We experienced an immense, indefinable pleasure. Rather than making descriptive photos and testimonials, we were creating pictures that looked like us and that reflected our state of mind and our way of being.
It was during this trip of the winter 2010 in Charente-Maritime in France, that we decided to take the turn of the fine art photography. We realized that if we wanted to keep intact our passion for photography, we had to change completely our state of mind.
The Need and the Desire to Express Ourselves
As a result of this trip, we created a collection of 9 photographs that we printed, framed. When we looked at the final products, we realized that we had an irrepressible need to convey personal messages, our emotions and our feelings. We wanted to be in tune with the photographs we were making and not just be witnesses to scenes that would be used as illustrations for magazines or technical books.
We understood that nature would become a real vector to express ourselves. We chose to live by giving a meaning to our life. Our goal now became to show the beauties of nature through a contemplative and artistic interpretation. We wanted to transmit tranquility, peace, serenity away from the hubbub of major cities. It is for this reason that we chose for our artistic approach dreamlike and minimalist scenes, with ethereal atmospheres.
The Need to Build Sustainable Foundations
Gradually, after the winter of 2010, we undertook several photo projects including the great mineral landscapes of the western United States. It is not very far from where we live. Moreover, these landscapes as great as they are, offered us beautiful opportunities in relation to our emotions and our photographic vision.
Our artistic approach was strengthened by the fact that we finally wanted to build solid foundations for our professional, personal and artistic life. The three points joined naturally.
Each photo project became one of the pillars of these foundations that would support a much larger building. Our goal had become to share with the greatest number of people our passion for the beauties of nature. For that, we needed to register in time by creating timeless works. We finally understood where our artistic, ethical and moral values were. We had a real-life line.