Would you mind introducing yourself? My name is Cedric and my parents were big Harry Potter fans is what I would say if I was a little younger. I am 26 years old, born in Germany, raised in South Africa, and am currently completing my masters in Artificial Intelligence in The Netherlands.
Cedric’s Instagram - @coeld_
How would you describe your style of photography? I like to capture the brief glimpses of beauty (thank you Jonas Mekas) that come my way and use colour to evoke certain moods, usually representing my own general emotional evolution.
When did you first fall in love with taking photos? Whilst I always liked taking photographs, I only got around to purchasing my first camera at the age of 19 (2011). From then on forth my camera became my most important possession, consistently feeding my need to (sometimes unnecessarily) document my life.
Do you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front or behind the camera? I met a Japanese photographer on Instagram in early 2018. When I told her I’d be visiting Japan that summer, she invited me on a photo-shooting trip with her friends from Osaka to Kumihama Bay. Standing at that beach somewhere in Japan (at that time I didn’t know where exactly I was), camera in hand, watching these talented individuals creating scenes thinking "Wow, I have photography to thank for this", is definitely my favourite memory.
Who/What inspires your photography? Movies and other photographers. Nothing beats the pure feeling some movies can visually portray. I’m constantly inspired to try and capture the same intense emotions through photography. I also wouldn’t be where I am today without being exposed to the incredible work of other photographers I’ve encountered. There’s so much to learn when viewing things from another person's perspective.
What kind of camera do you use? I have a few Pentax analog cameras with which I prefer the 50mm lens. I also own a Fujifilm X-T20 with a 23mm lens
What's your editing process like? All my photos end up in Lightroom. My heaviest editing is done using the HSL tool, with which I can really create whatever colour palette I want. Sometimes the temperature slider does the trick though.
Are there any tips you would like to give to anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? I personally don’t find my photos unique enough to warrant me giving people advice, so I feel a bit embarrassed! Based on some of the DM’s I get, I guess the best advice I can give is to stop caring about gear and start caring about what story or feeling you want to capture and convey. That, in my opinion, is the real challenge in photography. We don’t need more meaningless photography (of which I myself have created plenty). And on top of that, the more primitive your tools the better. As Orson Welles said, the enemy of art is the absence of limitations.
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? It was always Tokyo, and after I visited, it still is Tokyo. Although lately, I’ve found Vietnam looks amazing.
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? Spring. The sunlight, the positive atmosphere. It’s perfect.
The coolest place you've ever been? Shinjuku Batting Center.