in 1976 close to the Jura's mountains, in the east of France,
Nature took a great place in my life during the adolescence.
Following the observation of a butterfly in the flowers of
the garden, I was caught of passion for the microcosm of
insects. Many years afterwards, I followed with my binoculars
the aerobatics of the birds with the same amazement. During
a long time I traversed Nature as an observer, learning much
from this world inside our world.
years old, I began in photography with an aim of sharing
my discoveries among many people. Learning the technique
by reading books, I've progressed little by little through
excursions devoted to the butterflies. During a few years,
I also practised the black and white laboratory : I thus
liked to control my photos, from the development of negative
film to final pulling. With the passage to the slide, I turned
over without regrets towards the world of the color - and
I still work with this support today...
at the time of my first expo, in 1998, I matured the hope
of becoming a photographer of nature and to live about it.
I had the immense desire to show Nature under one day new,
more poetic and original by the choices of natural lights,
the attitudes of the seized animals. My spaces of photography
were not exceptional by their diversity of species, but I
knew them perfectly to have traversed them so many times.
is a good photograph? Today I still haven't found the answer
to this question. The self beauty of a photograph depends
on the experiment of each one, of its capacity to be moved
deeply, to understand the hidden message. Many photos in
our world only have a documentary function. Contrary to that,
I think that it's necessary to interpret reality to take
photos. I spend many time on a topic to find an original
idea to photograph it, trying various framings, testing several
objectives to vary the prospects... You also have to capture
the good light and to interpret it... At a given time, a
catch occurs in me and makes me start. If the emotion was
well controlled, it must be transmitted to the spectator
who will see the slide or pulling.
is a constraint with this process of creation : it's necessary
to take time. I live five or six hours every day on average
in Nature to take photos or to observe animals. Birds like
Peregrine require energy and patience without being ensured
of the results ; I can observe many weeks one species to
know all about it and to take the best photos... I often
have a quite precise idea on what I want to show and I persevere
until obtaining the perfect result.
2004 and my collaboration with the "BIOS" agency,
my photos are published in various magazines of nature and
other written supports. I work on projects like butterflies
or birds of cliffs ; some photos are still in my spirit -
will they become a reality one day ? This continual dissatisfaction
makes me live for seeking new lights, new ideas, for reinventing
Nature, for showing it under one new day. How many photos
were thus erased forever, condemned by their transitory character...
To be a photographer is to play the measurement of time as
an equilibrist. Several seconds captured for eternity...
the heart of photography!
in the Jura mountains - november 2005
can take many various Nature photographs... I
try to work on few topics, as I can look further
into each one.
Since my beginnings, butterflies of open spaces - calcareous
lawns - are a priority topic in spring and summer.
These color lives posed in the green of grasses are
always a great source of inspiration for my art.
The plants offer also various occasions to marry the
forms and the colors. In winter I work on the details
of dead leaves fallen into snow, the grasses taken
in the ice... The peat bogs, which I visit in autumn
and in spring, are also fantastic environments by their
original fauna and flora.
Birds also knew
to poke my creativity ; two principal topics emerge
some today. First of all the tits which I photograph
in Chinese shades on the setting sun in January and
February - and birds of cliffs. This last topic takes
me many time to observe where a bird often poses
on a branch, then in hours of mounting.
- Mammals like fox or squirrel decorate sometimes the photographic
exits. The badger interests me mainly in summer : the short
nights make it leave the burrow at dusk when the light is still
- Lastly, for one year I have developed an original topic based
on butterflies or flowers photographed on the disc of the sleeping
sun or the moon. Contrasts of luminosity are such as only a
disc emerges on a black bottom, the topic appearing in Chinese
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