I’ve been trying to take photos for about 11 years now (in fact I was doing some photos before but I’ve been doing it more « seriously » since then). I work in IT in my everyday life. I live and work in Paris. I used to skateboard a lot back in the days and now that I don’t do it anymore, my free time is for photography (mainly in the street certainly due to skateboarding)
I have plenty of analog cameras that I try to use as much as I can but for the photos that I present you, they’re all taken with a lomo Lc-a+.
At first I was doing some classic photos with this camera but I slowly started to do double exposure with it and most of the time the film is cross-processed (it’s a positive film that is developed in C41 chemistry which gives special colors and saturation to the photos). As you could see with my shots, I’m really attracted with street arts. All of these different activities (street photos, skateboarding and street art) are some unconventional ways of appropriating the city.
With the photos I’m doing, I try to show the fact that people are walking from one point to another in the city in a total anonymity. This anonymity is shown with the double exposure which gives a ghostly aspect.
I enjoy using analog cameras. At first I wanted to buy a good digital camera (it was about 11 years ago). But when I saw the price, it straight away scared me! I still was a student with not that much money so my father gave me his first reflex (a canon ftb of my age) and I became in love of the render. So now I only use analog cameras (and with the number of cameras and films that I bought I could have had several good digital cameras). The fact that with analog stuffs you have to think of what you’re doing and take your time is definitely a plus for me compared to this time of instantaneity which often minimize the quality for the quantity.
Enjoy and keep on shootin’!
You can find more of my work here :
Flickr : https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/
Tumblr (all the double exposure with the Lc-a+): http://etienne-despois-blog.tumblr.com/