We first came across French Erwan Bela’s amazing series “I’m fed up kids” and then discovered that he is a brilliant photographer, shooting some of the most interesting pictures of children. Here you can look at some and read about his lifelong love for photography.
How easy or difficult is to work with children? Can you stage photos or is it easier to just capture moments?
To work with children is very easy for me. In fact, they are generally my children. Not really a need of direction, the ideas come like that. Sometimes, but it is rare, I ask them to pose for a particular project such as “I fed up kids”.
I especially like working on medium format. I am obliged to think really of the image. It is not just a risky release. When kept silent photography in the medium format, you are obliged to concentrate on the depiction. The manual mode, the price of an image, every one of these elements allow you to create your photo, it is a profound reflection of the feelings which you want to transmit.
Which camera do you enjoy working with most? And why?
I use generally a Hasselblad 501CM, an Mamiya C330, or my new Mamiya Universal (for polaroids).
I had my first camera at the age of 10 years, then my father in law, who developed his films, had offered me a Konica Pop. Later, I invested in a Nikon FA (I still have it today) and began developing my first films. Today, thanks to the digital technology, I was able to buy myself some medium format argentic and to perfect my practice as an amateur of photography.
When you were a kid were you interested in photography or some kind of art? What was your passion back then?
Photography, always has been my tool to share my feelings and the ways I experience life.