Category Archives: Photographers

Macro Photographer: Nicolas Frin “The Fairy Maker”

“Fairytales,” that’s what this French photographer inspires me. We’ve interviewed a lot of macro/wildlife photographers lately, even Michel D’Outltremont who’s a freshly BBC award winning talent, but Nicolas Frin has his own vision of macro. His style is very light, very pure, and he masters bokeh like no one else does. I am very excited about introducing Nicolas and know more about him and his art!

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iLHP: Welcome to iLHP Nicolas, I am very pleased to meet you and ask you some questions about your art. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Nicolas: Hi Chris, first of all, thank you for broadcasting my work! My name is Nicolas Frin, I’m 34 years old and I live in the north of France and I work as a sales representative in a carpentry business.

iLHP:  When did you start photography?

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Russian Portrait Photographer Yuri Afanasiev

Modern Russian photography has not been as well recognized as it should have been for reasons incongruous with its rich cultural heritage and deeply refined aesthetics. The motherland gave us literary giants such as Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, where War & Peace and Crime & Punishment are often required reading for high school students all over the world.

Then there is its uniquely unbelievable music from the likes of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, of which the latter’s Piano Concerto No.2 is likened to “a surrogate for human achievement” in the novel The Fountainhead.

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So back in March, when we saw the image of a beautiful golden sunset interrupted by a girl floating on top of the water, we were mesmerized and not the least bit surprised by its Russian origins. We reached out to the photographer, and amidst his travel and work, he graciously accepted our interview. The interview was conducted in Russian translated by my brilliant friend Nika A.

iLHP: Hi Yuri, thank you for speaking with us today. Could you tell us a bit about yourself? 

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Tips from Pet Photographer Alex Cearns of Houndstooth Studio

A few weeks ago we at iLHP featured the renowned animal photographer, Alex Cearns of Houndstooth Studio. As promised, Alex agreed to share some of her animal portrait tips with us this week.

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iLHP: Hi Alex, thank you for joining us again. What inspired you to become a photography tour leader and can you tell us about your trips?

Alex: Thank you for having me! I’m a huge advocate for getting out and seeing the world. I love that most places in the world are accessible within 24 hours – you just need the time and funds to get to them. Travel has opened my eyes to the way other people live. I’m humbled to see those who have less than we have here in Australia. I think travel broadens a person’s mind, and exposes them to circumstances and situations that fire up the soul and senses. The first thing I always want to do when I get back from a trip is to go again.

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Architectural Photography with Andreas Bildgestalter

Andreas Bildgestalter is one of those amateur photographers whose talent is outstanding and should be showcased widely in the photography world. iLHP is constantly on the lookout to find new talents and showcase professionals as well as amateurs who produce constantly breathtaking pictures. Andreas is one of them in his field: Architecture. His world is made of straight lines, tight curves and with a lot of purity. Let’s discover together his philosophy. Don’t miss out the link below to the “making of” of his most rewarded photograph!

iLHP: First of all, thank you very much Andreas for taking the time to answer to our questions. How long have you been into photography?

Andreas: I’m into photography since the beginning of 2011. I’ve been interested in photography before but never really jumped in it until then. I did shoot with a small digital camera during vacations though, and I bought my first digital reflex camera, which was a NIKON D90.

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iLHP: How old are you if I may ask and where do you live?

Andreas: I’m 50 years old and I live in Gelsenkirchen which is a town in the Ruhrarea in West-Germany. It’s quite a good and central location to reach a lot of places around which are interesting for me.

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Gravity Defying Ballet Dancer and Photographer Mickael Jou

Levitation is an emerging field of photography as you all know. Different techniques can be used (here’s a tutorial of a multi-exposure levitation technique), but the grace and elegance shown by Mickael Jou is simply outstanding. 

iLHP is very proud to say that this is the first detailed interview of this magnificent, poetic and graceful ballet dancer. He used to practice ballet and modern dance routines on the streets of Paris, where tourists would often photograph and film him. This gave him the idea of capturing portraits of himself and start a 365 day photo project showing his elegant, gravity-defying dance moves in spectacular snapshots.

“Whatever you’re doing, someone else probably already did it better than you. But that doesn’t mean that you cannot work to be better than them.”

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EF 50mm f/1.2L | @ 50mm; f/1.4; 1/640 sec; 400 ISO

iLHP: Thank you very much Mickael for taking the time to answer our questions! Please, tell us a bit about yourself.

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