Leading lines are maybe the common element throughout my whole portfolio. It is very important for me to have a composition where the eyes will be drive naturally towards the main subject. Having super-light or any moody weather conditions will not make a good image whether the composition is not perfectly balanced…. And for me, good composition is a matter of leading lines.
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The Call Of Mordor
Pearl Of Ocean
EWW: I am curious to know what qualities of your work would others comment on the most?
Anthony: I do think my viewers are mostly commenting on my composition and my editing style for my black & white architecture images. Probably because I am modeling the whole image to depict the vision I had instead of being “locked up in a box.” My followers are as well mostly commenting on my astrophotography work. I guess because of the beauty of the starry sky mixed up with interesting foreground which makes the shot appealing.
Weather, what do you experience as some of the biggest challenges in your photography?
Anthony: the weather is indeed one the key success driver in photography but it is only one challenging step among plenty of other ones! Availability is my very first challenge, to be honest. I am not a professional photographer, unfortunately, which means I have to manage my job, family, and my endless desire to go out shooting! I can’t shoot as much as I would like, so I am always making pretty advanced planning for my shooting. I plan some of my images a couple of months (even year) in advance to get the best of it. It can sound like crazy, but it helps me to build up a very accurate vision of the image I want to render.
EWW: Your subject matter, as well as your techniques, are very eclectic. Do you have a subject matter and style that you particularly like to focus on?
Anthony: I can’t stay focus on only one style of photography for sure! I am jumping to different styles (architecture, astrophotography, seascape, landscape…) depending on my inspiration and objectives. Nevertheless, I can say that architecture is my first top subject matter as I can really express freely myself as an artist, mostly by the way of my editing and composition choices. Astrophotography is the second area where I am always an eager and enthusiastic photographer. Shooting under the milky way is always mind-blowing. You feel so small when facing the beauty of the universe…. I like the idea to catch up stars located millions of miles away and to “connect” them to an interesting subject.
EWW: Some of your work is in Black and white. How do you choose to work in color or black & white with an image? What qualities of a black & the white image is important to focus on?
Anthony: as from now, I used mostly B& W for my fine art architectural images; because B& helps to reinforce the drama I like to create on such images. Creating those light and shadows make the surrealistic identity of the image I like to render. I choose B& as well because sometimes colors can distract the eyes to the inner sense of photography. B&W can help to focus on the “second reading” you may have when looking to an image. So for me, B&W editing is a way of targeting deep emotion….
EWW: How do you use social media platforms? If you do use social media, which one(s) work the best for you?
Anthony: nowadays, social media platforms are indisputable the best way to display your artwork to a large audience. Everybody can now be connected to each other and discover the image from around the world and get inspired of plenty of artists. I personally use mostly Facebook and Instagram. Those ones work the best for me, despite I am not extremely active on… I have a 500px account, but I don’t think that this media works so well as it has been used to…
EWW: Just to wrap up this interview, do you have any final thoughts about you and your work that you think would be important for others to know about?
Anthony: Photography is an artistic expression of myself, the best way for me to let run free my creativity, without borders, without good establishment of rules, a simple journey towards my creative vision…
My photographs are therefore the result of the vision I aim to render, a mix of what I saw on the spot and what I felt during the shooting. My aim is to show you my artistic vision rather than the exact truth of the scene I witness.