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"10 YEARS CHALLENGE" My crappy old photographs

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Welcome to this new article full of nostalgia and crappy pictures!  During this not so blessed time of my life that was being a gothic teenager (I mean come on guys, this is the WORST period of our lives ever!) I was sad and angry at the whole world, and especially myself (and also really ugly :D ). I think creating those gave me a space to express myself as an introvert. 

There was no instagram, no Facebook, but all the edgy dark artists were on Deviantart back then. That was I think the first community that allowed to share images and it was a draft of social medias as we know now! Even 15 years ago, there were already the likes, the followers, the comments. I remember a few superstars of Deviantart and remembering not understanding how these people got the attention. I remember being lost in the middle of so many creators doing their best. I remember I had no idea how to use Photoshop, and there was nothing online to help me out, to teach me how to master the tool. I remember not knowing how to use the settings on my cheap camera. I remember lighting my setup with my desk light and using my high school homework as a white background.

I also remember that all of this didn’t matter, I was simple experimenting, expressing myself and having fun doing it :) 

(I have to admit I was super proud of this one)

(I have to admit I was super proud of this one)

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When it was a trend to put your signature on every photo (in case of someone stole it you know :D )

When it was a trend to put your signature on every photo (in case of someone stole it you know :D )

Exploring awesome abandoned building in Paris, being chased by the guardian, good old times!

Exploring awesome abandoned building in Paris, being chased by the guardian, good old times!

A long time ago, when I was still photographing people with clothes on, even in the bathtub :D

A long time ago, when I was still photographing people with clothes on, even in the bathtub :D

Does this count as my first self portrait?

Does this count as my first self portrait?

I spent 3 hours one night photographing a feather, trying every angle possible, for absolutely no other reason that I wanted to

I spent 3 hours one night photographing a feather, trying every angle possible, for absolutely no other reason that I wanted to

“Dad can I borrow your tool box?” (notice the love I put into creating the tiny paper squares)

“Dad can I borrow your tool box?” (notice the love I put into creating the tiny paper squares)

This one makes me cringe SO MUCH :D I HATE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT ahahahah

This one makes me cringe SO MUCH :D I HATE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT ahahahah

I cringed so much over some of them but I am not ashamed, I started somewhere, and you can’t go full creative fine art awarded photographer from nowhere : you have to start, you have to learn, you have to find what your style is, you have to find out your vision, you have do do shitty pictures, thousands of them! This is not a race, this is a journey :) And I think it’s fun to me to see that I was already attracted to dark edgy stuff, experimenting a lot, and telling stories with my photographs! Because this is the foundation of my style now :) 

So I am writing this for you guys, I am doing this post to encourage you to not let go, whatever you are creating. If you feel you are there now, just starting out, and you are flooded by photographers, musicians, videographers, artists, doing a better job, who have so many followers than you, and you don’t understand why. Just keep it up, learn your craft, and if you are passionate, you work will improve :) Do it for you, enjoy the journey, because it is all worth it. We are not all born with a natural talent, being discovered at 17, and being a superstar right away. Everyone loves a good success story « look at this amazing pretty photographer work and she is only 18 and doing it with her sister’s cracked iphone! ». This kind of sensationalism is sending the wrong information to the world and make us feel like if we are not discovered early, then we are not good enough, and we will never be succesful. This is so untrue, and the vast majority of us spent years and years building our crafts. 

It is just like your kids drawing : you are not looking at your 3 years old nephew and say « this is shit, your composition sucks, your choices of colors are awful, and what were you even trying to represent? And also you won’t get any present this year because Santa Claus doesn’t exist! AHAH YOU DESERVE NO BETTER! » That would be TERRIBLE. Nope on the contrary we are in awe in front of their imagination, creativity and also because they don’t give a fuck about the rules and that makes some pretty awesome imaginative results. We can tell the technique is not there yet, but their imagination and the experimentation are limitless! So maybe we can look at our early work like this? And try to treat ourselves with kindness instead of being the mean uncle? 

And who knows where I would be now if I hadn’t start with these?

And just as a comparison, this is my latest picture (and the most challenging editing I’ve ever done!) :)

And just as a comparison, this is my latest picture (and the most challenging editing I’ve ever done!) :)

How do you feel about your early work? Did you think you were going to be a rockstar at 19 and got disappointed it didn’t happen? How do you deal with the pressure of feeling your work is not good enough? I find the whole topic fascinating so don’t hesitate to open a conversation about it!

Lots of love et plein de bisous <3

My favorite most inspiring artists in the whole universe

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I decided on purpose not to say anything about these artists, their backgrounds, etc. But to simply share my favorite images of them. I find that you don’t really need background to feel connected with their art in your own way. You might know some of them already, but If you are curious to know more, I will link for each of them an article so you can still learn more if you want to :)

I think you will see how much they influence on my own work in a way, I have so much respect and admiration for every artist on this list, there is nothing that moves me more than their paintings. They all have a very dark universe, and they are all painters (though some used the photographic medium as well) If I could afford to buy art, these are the ones I would get for sure! I could simply get lost for hours watching them, looking at all the details, and get transported into their dark peculiar universes.

Francis Bacon

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Francis Bacon produced some of the most iconic images of wounded and traumatized humanity in post-war art. Borrowing inspiration from Surrealism, film, photography, and the Old Masters, he forged a distinctive style that made him one of the most widely recognized exponents of figurative art in the 1940s and 1950s.

Read full article here

Gottfried-Helnwein

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“In a world fractured by the war machines of capitalism and exploitation, it is all-too-easy to feel distant from the stories of violence that pervade our media and political histories. However, as the renowned artist Gottfried Helnwein has shown in his courageous and provocative work, it is extremely difficult to ignore the suffering of a child, whose pain and stolen innocence exposes the failure and cruelty of the system.”

read full article here

Nicola Samori

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Nicola Samori’s dark, Baroque-inspired oil paintings are skillful reproductions of classical portraits and still lifes on canvas, wood, or copper, purposefully destroyed to negate classical representation and question painting itself.

Read more here

Zdzisław Beksiński

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A decade after his brutal murder, Zdzisław Beksiński’s paintings hold the world spellbound. Is the universal fascination they evoke the result of their author’s own gruesome tragedies, or did Beksiński simply succeed at capturing the unsettling underside of human consciousness?

Read more here

I would LOVE to know who are your favorite artists of the whole universe? As you can see mines are painters (with twisted minds for sure!), but it can also be photographers, musicians, anyone who inspires you :) 

10 before & afters in Photoshop

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Here are 10 examples of before and afters in Adobe Photoshop! Curated for you, with love! (alright I actually did after / before, just let me do whatever I want :D ) 

When people see me editing pictures (when I am in a coworking space for example) they always want to see the before and afters! I think this is an entertaining part of my job, and I always love to share it! I believe there is a lot of mystery around creation sometimes, and we all loves to see the behind the scenes of our favorite movies! Photoshop has definitely his own magic, especially for fine art photographers, and I am glad if I can help you understand more the process that goes behind creating theses pictures so you can get inspired by it! 

I think it is very easy to achieve really cool results simply if your ideas are good, so here all my secrets! 

Take your innocent niece, have a friend with a creepy hand, a black brush to have Camille’s arm disappear, some color correction and we’re done here!

Take your innocent niece, have a friend with a creepy hand, a black brush to have Camille’s arm disappear, some color correction and we’re done here!

An upside down picture, add darkness, add stars, boom done! (the light was shot on camera, it is a speed light reflecting on the surface of the water)

An upside down picture, add darkness, add stars, boom done! (the light was shot on camera, it is a speed light reflecting on the surface of the water)

Made myself look fitter (express gym session!) changed the hand, added darkness (I do love the darkness!) add stars again, BOOM done!

Made myself look fitter (express gym session!) changed the hand, added darkness (I do love the darkness!) add stars again, BOOM done!

Put a friend in a kid inflatable pool, clean and extend the background, color correction, BOOM DONE!

Put a friend in a kid inflatable pool, clean and extend the background, color correction, BOOM DONE!

Wear this dress you love but never go outside with, extend the background, make it red, HOP!

Wear this dress you love but never go outside with, extend the background, make it red, HOP!

Photograph a friend, do weird stuff on his face, have him be grateful for it : perfect creation!

Photograph a friend, do weird stuff on his face, have him be grateful for it : perfect creation!

Steal a flower in your neighbor garden, stuck it on your face, add hair, extend the background, EASY!

Steal a flower in your neighbor garden, stuck it on your face, add hair, extend the background, EASY!

Go in the middle of a meadow, ignore the cows judging you, clean the background, add birds, color correction, and you’re done!

Go in the middle of a meadow, ignore the cows judging you, clean the background, add birds, color correction, and you’re done!

Tape yourself some flowers around your body, look sad, add more flowers, color corrections and THAT’S IT!

Tape yourself some flowers around your body, look sad, add more flowers, color corrections and THAT’S IT!

Stuck your face in Christmas LED lights, look very proud about it, erase the wires, add geometric stuff, BOOM!

Stuck your face in Christmas LED lights, look very proud about it, erase the wires, add geometric stuff, BOOM!

I have a very few rules in Photoshop, I would say my big one is that I HATE TO CUT OUT, so I always find a way not to do it. For example if my final result is in a black background, I will shoot on a black background, simple, and I am saving myself A LOT of time! 

Also, I think I am spending half of my editing time extending the background to make my picture bigger. EACH DAMN TIME! I think It’s because I always crop it in a weird way. Why not shooting from a bigger distance : firstly I can’t MOST OF THE TIME because I am photographing in a small space, and secondly I don’t want to crop the original photograph because I don’t want to loose quality. While I am extending it, I am making the file bigger, which is nice to have big prints. 

What do you think? Did you imagine it was the work that went into some of these? Do you struggle to achieve your vision in Photoshop? 

These are older pictures, but if you love this type of article, don’t hesitate to let my know in the comments,I will do more of them!