Five minutes with Philippe Mougin


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Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I was born in Paris but grew up in Switzerland. At the age of 20, I began a career as an independent computer consultant. Around the same time, I started experimenting with photography during many of my travels across Africa. IN 2004 I decided to improve my technical skills and learn more about the medium of photography. So, I started a one-year study program at a photography school in Geneva. After completing a number of workshops in a variety of subjects including portrait, fashion and advertising, I decided in 2006, to start my own photography project called « L’âme de fond». This project involved using long exposures, a medium format camera and black & white film.

How did you get interested in photography?

I discovered when I was younger un photographic book from the great photograph Jean-louis Sieff… it was a revelation for me….

Have any artist/photographer inspired your art?

Difficult to say…. But I really love the work of some photographer like Raymond Meeks, Masao Yamamoto

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Could you please tell us anything about your technique and creating process?

I process the films at home and then scan them. I work on an image for a few weeks or a few months thinking about how i wish the final image to appear. Once the final adjustments to density and contrast are made i make my first inkjet print to visualize the work on paper. At the end, I’m ready to print on high quality Museum mat paper they are then ready to sell or to use for exhibitions.

Describe your ideal photographic situation.

In front of a lake, ocean, alone with a dark sky and wind…. That’s the perfect situation for me….

How much preparation do you put into taking a photography?

Now I don’t really like to planify a shooting… I prefer to get the surprise when I travel, to suddenly find a situation that I did not expect and will be the photographic place for me.

What quick advice do you have for someone who wants to improve his or her photography skills?

To be patient!!!! and don’t hesitate to see a lot of exhibition with different king of photographic subject , to learn, to learn and to learn…

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From time to time many photographers find themselves in a creative rut or uninspired to shoot. Does this ever happen to you and if so how do you overcome these phases?

I stop to make pictures, I do other things like printing who is really important and so hard to get the final and finest print!

What future plans do you have? What projects would you like to accomplish?

To make pictures around the world… that’s enough for me to be happy, and now im trying to do my best to learn the palladium/platinum printing solution from digital negativ… that’s the supreme quality print… i would like to go in this way for my next pictures…. [Official Website]

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