Would you mind introducing yourself? Hi there, my name is Ludovic and I come from Bordeaux, an amazing and beautiful city in the southwest part of France. I’m a 36 years old architect and I just came back from a 3 year road trip around the world. Leaving everything and travelling for so long is one of the best things I’ve never experienced before. I feel very lucky to have seen so much beautiful things and to have met with so many lovely people.
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How would you describe your style of photography? This one is a tough one as I’ve never really thought about it. A clean composition and soft lights would maybe describe my style of photography. All the pictures I posted online have come from my trip. They are focused on landscapes and they reflect the feeling I had when I was surrounded by these huge and wild landscapes. More than an exact representation of what I see, I want my pictures to express the poetry of a place or a moment. I try, as much as I can, to first spend time in the places I visit and really dive into them before to shoot. Nature calms me and I guess this is why some people find my picture relaxing and peaceful.
When did you first fall in love with taking photos? I have to say that I fell in love first with cameras before falling in love with photography. I had something with old film cameras, I was fascinated by these items. So something like 10 years ago at a garage sale I bought a bunch of them for a couple of dollars and since then my passion for photography has grown up until this trip around the world where taking photos really became a part of me.
Do you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front or behind the camera? I would say that every moment you really plan for shooting, like waking up super early to catch the sunrise light, for example, is always pretty special. But one of my favourite photography-related memory is at the Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado, USA. These golden sand dunes surrounded by mountains are incredible and so different than all the landscapes I’ve seen before. Walking barefoot in the sand and taking photos of this powerful place was definitely incredible.
What inspires your photography? Nature, obviously. I’m always inspired by a cloudy or a stormy sky or also by soft lights that can totally change the perception you have of a place. I did spend most of my time during the past 3 years being surrounded by nature and that did blow my mind. Nature makes me wise and it helped me so much finding inner peace.
Camera & Editing Process? As a digital camera, I use a Nikon D300 with a Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G and I shoot more and more films with a Leica M6 and a Zeiss 35mm f/2.8G. I edit both digital or film photos using Lightroom, adding a little bit of contrast, saturation, light and I usually play around with the blue of the sky to be closer than the feeling I had when I toke the picture. I realized how important the editing process is and how you can improve or destroy a photo with it. I’m still messing around with Lightroom and learn from there every time I edit a photo.
Are there any tips you would like to give to anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? I still have so much to learn about this art that it’s pretty weird to give tips but I fell that to shoot landscapes it’s important to look and move around first and really be affected by the place before shooting. Waiting for the good light is also super important as a place can totally be metamorphosed according to the light. For the editing process, I found that messing around with Lightroom or whatever helps to find your own style. Don’t be afraid to try every single tool in this software. And I think that the most important thing is to shoot, as much as you can, thinking about the story you want to tell and having fun doing it.
Who are some of your favourite photographers? I’m definitely gonna forget some of them but for the classics, I would say Steve McCurry, Raymond Depardon, Sebastião Salgado or Saul Leiter. For the work I find on Instagram, Jared Chambers, Marc Haldeman or Dunja Plattner. The work of Théo Gosselin is also very impressive, I love his universe. Colette Der Kinderen or Irish Humm are also two universes that I really like. But I think that if I had to choose only two I would say the talented Petro&Claudia Koublis and Morgane Erpicum. If you don’t know them just go check their work out straight away.
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? This is so difficult to name just one destination but as I haven’t travelled so much in Europe except in the cities, it would be European’s landscapes such as the ones of Iceland, Scotland, Italy, Bulgaria or Romania to name just a few.
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? I don’t really like the light when there is a clear blue sky and when the sun is beating down. Shooting with winter conditions is also pretty though. So I would say that everything in between suits me. But more than a time of the year, soft lights, sunrise or sunset time, a foggy or a stormy day are my favourite times to take pictures.
The coolest place you've ever been? New Zealand or the west part of the US are two pretty cool places to shoot landscapes. India is a mind-blowing place. But if I had to mention a place under the radar it would definitely be Tasmania in Australia. I’ve never seen soft light like there before. I could talk about this place for hours.
Do you have any upcoming photography trips/sessions that you would like to share? No I don’t but something sure is that I’m definitely going to explore more of my own country and I would like to carry my camera with me more often not waiting for a next trip to shoot.
Anything extra you would like to share? Don’t hesitate to reach me out on Instagram for a talk and thanks a lot to Russell & Alina at Hippo Magazine for having me. I had such a good time doing this!
Ludo’s Instagram - @lublud