The Wait

Follow Michel D’Oultremont On The Trail Of Wild Bison

As you all know now, we, at iLHP, love wildlife photography and try to share with you interviews with great photographers in that field. You probably remember that we interviewed this fantastic young photographer (here), Michel D’Oultremont who had just won the Rising Star Award of the BBC Wildlife and the  Fritz Polking Nachwuchspreis. Michel is coming back, but this time, with a truly beautiful and meaningful video. Please see below the press release and the video. Enjoy!

“During the shoot luck wasn’t really on our side as the animals were very discreet. That’s also what makes wildlife photography so special; nothing is ever guaranteed. The final film is incredible and I think that phrase ‘the wait’ perfectly encompasses the tough conditions we were in.”

Photographer, Michel D’Oultremont

‘THE WAIT’ – FROM A LONDON GALLERY TO THE BIG SCREEN

FILMMAKERS FOLLOW YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHY TALENT ON THE TRAIL OF WILD BISON

In 2014, at just 22 years of age, the Belgian wildlife photographer Michel D’Oultremont made his name on the international scene by winning the ‘Rising Star’ award at the National History Museum’s annual ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ exhibition.

London based film director David Hayes and producer Hannah Salvanes Mclean were part of the crowd admiring his work and subsequently decided to follow him on his next adventure.

Their new documentary ‘The Wait’, produced with film production company Contra Agency, is a beautiful and honest insight into the process, passion and patience of an incredible young talent.

“I was immediately intrigued by his photos; they had such a unique style. I wanted to document that creative process and also paint a picture of this very young guy out in the middle of nowhere creating such stunning images. Before the shoot I spent a lot of time studying Michel’s photographs with our Director of Photography, John Ford. We really wanted the film’s visual style to reflect Michel’s creativity and boldness, to pay homage to his style with our own fresh approach. In a sense, we wanted to document Michel in the same way that he documents the animals.” says director David Hayes.

The Wait - Bison

‘The Wait’ takes the viewer on a journey from Michel’s hometown in Belgium to the remote mountains of Romania. On the trail of wild bison, Michel tracks the movement of the animals and then waits for the perfect moment; a process that can take up to a week to capture one shot.

Michel D’Oultremont (translated from French) said “During the shoot luck wasn’t really on our side as the animals were very discreet. That’s also what makes wildlife photography so special; nothing is ever guaranteed. The final film is incredible and I think that phrase ‘the wait’ perfectly encompasses the tough conditions we were in.”

‘The Wait’ will premiere online on Thursday 25th August 2016. The film will then be featured at festivals across Europe starting with The Smalls Film Festival in London from 2nd-7th September 2016.

Here’s where you can follow Michel on Facebook and please be sure to visit his website here!
And here is the movie’s website: http://thewait.film
Michel D’Oultremont

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