Thomas Delahaye is not the kind of photographer who does macro and wild-life photography in a naturalistic way. He has an amazing eye to see the perspectives and catch the subject with his artistic vision, even if he has to place himself in original position to create his photographs. 😉
iLHP:Hi Thomas, I’m really glad to finally ask you some questions to know you more and know more about your art. You’re kind of a mentor for me considering macro and wild-life photography. What you do is amazing. I’ve got the chance to follow you twice during a photo shoot session at dawn in the forest and see a little bit how you work. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Thomas: Alright, first, thanks a lot for the compliments! I’m 32 years old, I’ve been giving guitar tutoring for about 8 years now in Paris but I want to dedicate more time on photography from now on. I’m very passionate about nature in general especially mountain environments!
Everyone is a photographer nowadays. Photography used to have a much higher barrier to entry. Cost of film, lack of post-processing options, and the inability to review the shot instantly after it’s taken means photographers really needed to know what they were doing to get that perfect shot. With digital comes a wave of mediocre photographers and diluting what it means to be a “professional.” So how do you stand out among the many photographers and the many photographs on Flickr and 500px and more? Well, iLHP has tested several solutions for original use of your photographs.
Ukrainian photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko documents tiny creatures in nature who often go unseen. He has an eye to take photos that bring small worlds up to our level, or in a way, how the world would be seen from an ant, lizard or snail’s eyes. In particular, he captures portraits of snails that are both magical and adorable. The photographer gets in close to snap macro shots of precious, surreal moments.
This passion started early in his childhood as he told the Dailymail: “As a child, my father taught me to hunt mushrooms near my home and we would always come across all manner of bugs and creatures. As I got older and my interest in photography grew, I decided I wanted to catch these magical scenes on camera.“ He took his first macro shot at the age of 10.
Last time in Part 1, we looked at the whimsical world brought to us by Peiling Lee. This week, we are exploring Russian photographer Andrey Pavlov. He spends hours setting up fairytale scenes. He studies ants and their behaviors. That’s how he uses their instincts to create sceneries and decors when they’re working. So he puts his accessories on their trail, and photographs the insects interacting with his miniature ‘stage sets’.