虛實操盤手 法國攝影鬼才Romain Laurent
Photographer of the Week: Romain Laurent


擁有豐富拍攝經驗的他,對於南非開普敦(Cape Town)的美麗夕陽總是念念不忘。「2010年我去開普敦是為了拍攝一個法國的平面廣告,而工作的內容是拍攝水中泡泡。」Romain Laurent回憶起當時拍攝情景,歷歷在目。「為了要拍攝出最美的海平線,我們提早兩個小時到達拍攝地點。以當時的季節來說,夕陽只有短短的15分鐘,但是我們卻拍攝了十幾個不同角度的開普敦海岸,那種大自然的偉大,是很難在一般生活中感受到的美。那是我人生最美好的15分鐘,而也是那次經驗讓我重新愛上了我的職業。」

Romain Laurent 2010年「Fun Top」,攝於南非開普敦。

Romain Laurent 2010年「Fun Top」,攝於南非開普敦。

於今年剛完成充滿實驗性的「Water Bubble」攝影作品集的Romain Laurent,對影像產業充滿希望。「這個產業是個無限輪迴:影像讓人拓展思想,不但使大眾對奇幻事物的接受度增高,更激發年輕一代的創意,然後再讓這個產業變得更加美好,繼續創造美好事物,影響著下一代。」而對於下一個拍攝靈感,現居紐約的Romain Laurent則決定保密到家:「已經在進行中了,絕對挑戰想像極限,各位拭目以待吧!」««

Romain Laurent 2012實驗性攝影作品集「Water Bubble」,刊登於第53期<Wad>。

Romain Laurent 2012實驗性攝影作品集「Water Bubble」,刊登於第53期<Wad>。

  

»»The romantic France has surely created many fashion designers by inserting amazing muses into their minds. It is the same country that womb the master of contemporary photography, Romain Laurent. Through his perceptions, the audiences are traveling the reality through the minds of fantasy. Romain Laurent was born in 1983 in Annecy, France. As he loved to empty his mind and let it wonder, there are always ideas in him that are creative and fun. When he was younger, he thought only graphic design can express his true thoughts to the world, but when he entered college, he found out he was wronged by his old dream. Depressed with the system of graphic design, he felt the rules of graphic have bound him into something dull. He searched for something that can be more playful and free. “I was a student in Design and a fairly good drawer, but I couldn’t convey a moment or what I had in mind exactly with this medium. Photography, at first traditional B&W and then digital with a hint of postproduction, brought me the satisfaction of expressing myself properly.” In 2006, he graduated from Les Gobelins majored in photography.While exploring the world of imaging, Romain Laurent glad he found a heaven of his own. “I thank for the advance of technology.” The photographer mentioned, “I was so touched when I finally produced something out of my mind. Photography is better than my paints and canvas; it turns my fantasies into realities.”

As a master of perceptions, Romain Laurent love to play and twist the viewers’ minds by altering the reality we used to know. “Aside from the effects, I did not do much different from other photographers.” Romain Laurent kindly shared his secrets of photography to everyone. “I only change the idea of some basic rules in photography a bit. I made photography more boundless than before.” In addition, he told his interviewers that the world can be either dull or interesting. It really depends on how the viewers view it. In addition with the master pieces such as “Tilt”, “l’Horizon”, “Fun Top”, and “Water Bubble”, he also shot for Coca Cola’s 2009 commercials, Discovery Channel’s 2010 commercials, Nike’s 2011 commercials, and Panasonic LUMIX GF 3 2012 commercials.

As his favorite experience in photography, he told the interviewer, “I would say whenever I travel and meet people on a project is a great moment. When I put the final touch on a series is a very enjoyable feeling as well. Actually, I remember having to shoot a sunset in Cape Town bay from a boat deck for a french commercial. We had a huge plastic bubble anchored in the middle of the ocean and we would have a 10min period of shooting, 15min break in a 2-3 hours time span so we would get all the different mood options of sunset. Being on that boat, shooting such a surreal moment is definitely one of the best moment!” Furthermore, as to encourage the new comers of photography, he said, “Try to find a balance between working your ass off to get a commissioned work and developing your personal style. Also never give up an idea if you think it’s worth doing, and most important, finish it.”««

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