Over 99% of my photos feature people. There are several reasons for this. First of all, I discovered Street Photography like this. I had this idea that what was important was the people. Everything else was just scenery. I have often insisted on the fact that I did not feel any sort of routine in always walking the same streets indefinitely because in the end it was the people that interested me and even if the places were the same, the interactions, the gestures and the people were different. The rest mattered little or nothing to me.
The second reason is much simpler. I am hopelessly drawn to people on the street. I like to observe my peers, to see them interact with each other. See little scenes unfold in front of me. We sometimes encounter quite hallucinating or even funny situations, but very often these are quite mundane moments, but that does not prevent them from being beautiful ! When I look at a photo, my gaze is also drawn to people. I think it’s quite natural to be attracted to our fellow human beings. Obviously that is not enough. There has to be something else, that’s why I always try to capture gestures, attitudes, emotions. There has to be action to not end up with a boring static photo. This is one of the great difficulties of Street Photography. It’s not just taking pictures in the street …
For those who have followed my work me since my beginnings, you know that my style has evolved a lot since 2016. I have been an apostle of “the closer, the better”. I took a lot of it to take photos with that little Wow effect, of the guy who has a hell of a pair of bollocks by allowing himself to go into contact with people to bring back photos made 50 cms from their faces. I’m not saying that I don’t act like that anymore sometimes, but I have matured and I no longer have this need to show that I can be fearless, besides this style no longer interests me. For a few years now, I have preferred to step back to capture a scene or to integrate more context into my photos.
The city, the urban elements, the cars, the buildings started to take up more space in my photos. I started to integrate them as elements of composition that I added in my frame. I found it a lot more fun and realized that was what I liked. Little by little, the city itself was self-sufficient in photos. This is where I started to take more and more photos with no one in the frame.
What interested me the most was to suggest the human presence. We didn’t see a soul in the frame, but they weren’t still lifes. Nor were they hyper graphic photos like some do. I find these photos interesting from a graphic point of view, but so empty and souless !. Some are ecstatic in front of this kind of photos, me that leaves me perplexed. I want to keep this raw side of the street. I don’t want to turn what I see into something arty.
I went to search more or less recent files for a number of photos. I still have plenty more backing up, but I didn’t really want to look for more in my archives. Most of the photos were taken a maximum of 2 years ago. I have grouped them together in a little slideshow.