lundi 21 février 2011

A Tribute to Silent Pictures...

I've been lucky enough to work closely with some mags, swallowing the best part of my photo production along the years. But some pictures, whatever their quality,  never make it to print publication, or in a very small and discreet way. It can be a question of bad timing. Sometimes, the rider has just changed sponsorship in the season, making all the pics obsolete. Maybe the pic is a little too close to another one, with another rider, or a more pleasing mood for the journalist. Or sometimes it is just my fault, being too lazy to hassle foreign magazines. I would say the average living time for an action pic is 6 to 12 months in press, since you depressed the shutter. Then it's dead for publication in specialized magazines. The interest has moved to something, or someone else. Still, I had a very nice cover last year of a ski magazine with a picture shot more than 2 years before ! But that's a very peculiar case. Sometimes, pics get indeed noticed by photo editors, saying woaw, this one would be perfect for next year ! But that sentence means generally they'll totally forget them, unless they match the subject of a special feature article, and in that case they will be dropped in the right folder. Otherwise, they will go in the forgotten forever digital abysses of an obscure hard drive, very close to the bin of death. Here are a few samples of some of my forgotten pics, hopefully they are not so numerous...






Some sun in the winter...


Ok, Ok, it's been a while I haven't posted anything. That's why I'm begging for mercy with 2 new posts in a row. First, I'm pretty sure you'll pardon me everything with that set of pics. In past times, I used to shoot for a girl swimwear special issue magazine, which was quite fun, if a lot of work to prepare. Damn, trying to find some models, get free tickets and accomodations for a bunch of 6 to 8 people in a remote island isn't so easy. And my chief editors and girls from the advertising department always managed to do that. The whole shooting is also a story of before the sun wake-ups and after dark editing, drying up your energy even faster thanks to the super hot climate. No time for getting accustomed, we just landed, worked, took off back to home, in a five to six days window. Few moments for kidding, then. But getting a tan (Ok, a sunburn first...) while everyone at home is freezing and working in snow is an intense personal satisfaction.  It's a kind of job I'd happily get hired again. Those pics are quite old, some still work, even though I'm pretty sure I'd shoot them very differently now. If a swimwear brand is listening, I'm opened to any proposition !