Spirit of the north by Alexandre De Melas

I started photography when I started travelling and I fell in love with wildlife photography. It is to me the most difficult but rewarding type of photography. I love looking for angles and backgrounds to give an unusual view of the animal. Then the animal has to offer the perfect look or the perfect posture.
Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas

I started photography when I started travelling and I fell in love with wildlife photography. It is to me the most difficult but rewarding type of photography. I love looking for angles and backgrounds to give an unusual view of the animal. Then the animal has to offer the perfect look or the perfect posture.

I discovered this pack of Arctic wolves in a wildlife park in my home region in the north of France. The Sainte Croix park is a giant park protecting a lot of European and endangered spieces. Some of the animals are even totally free. They are adapted to cold temperatures as low as -57 degrees celcius and their fur can weight up to 1 kilogram in winter. Their nickname is “the elk’s doctor”because they hunt mostly the weaker elks.

They can stay years at the same place and they don’t fear humans. A pack of wolves is very dynamic and social so the photographic possibilities are numerous. I love how photogenic and charismatic they are. When I realized how lucky I am to approach such inspiring creatures I had the idea of an artistic series showing their grace and how mystic they look. Sometimes I can almost see their soul making a contact with me.

Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas
Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas

About Alexandre De Melas

My name is Alexandre De Melas, I come from Metz in France, I am 27 and I am a photographer and filmmaker. Since my young days I have always been passionate by cinema. After graduating from high school as a cinema student I went to several film schools like the IAD in Belgium and the Ecole de la Cité in Paris created by Luc Besson.

I lived in Paris for 4 years and I worked on movies such as « Le secret de la chambre noire » by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, « Valerian and the city of a thousand planets » and « Lucy » by Luc Besson. I directed few short films of my own and I learned photography.

I am a self-taught photographer which is to me like making a movie it is all about telling stories with my heart. I really started photography on a road trip in Iceland. I discovered nature and wildlife photography. Wildlife photography is to me the most difficult and rewarding type of photography because the animals are so unpredictable. I feel so lucky when I finally have the shot. I always feel like nature is giving me a present when a beautiful scene occurs.

I have feature film studies but nature photography opened my eyes on documentary genre.In October 2017 I went to New Zealand for almost a year of road trip and it was a great opportunity for me to shoot a nature and wildlife series about the country and its endemic species.Now I am working as a filmmaker and photographer back in France but with serious tendencies to travel wherever I can with my camera.

Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas
Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas

Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas
Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas

Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas
Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas

Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas
Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas

Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas
Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas

Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas
Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas

Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas
Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas

Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas
Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas

Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas
Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas

Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas
Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas

Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas
Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas

Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas
Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas

Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas
Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas

Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas
Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas

Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas
Spirit of the north | Alexandre De Melas

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