Photography is a very rich form of expression.
Name: Sebastien Tixier
Hometown: Le Creusot, small old town in France
Style of photography: Urban environment documentary, Staged stories
Type of camera(s): Mamiya RZ67 for my personal work, Canon 5D mkII for digital, some others for special purposes
What gives you inspiration?
Everything that affects or touches me, whether it encounters, emotions or life conditions: things that make me think, things that make me angry, things that make me love and things that make me cry. At the end of the day, I think I just want to talk about humanity and life as a whole, its cracks and poetry. So far my work mostly tends to present this as a general questioning about our isolation/urbanization.
What are your influences?
There are obviously a lot of photographers: in random order, I would think of the works of Gregory Crewdson, Nadav Kander, Stephen Shore, Erwin Olaf. Also, Eric Beaudelaire. Geert Goiris, Alec Soth among others. Generally speaking, I find great interest in the various forms of contemporary and emergent photography, and the heritage of the Düsseldorf photography. But I would rather say “image” to a larger extent: I think David Lynch movies aesthetic has certainly been a great inspiration for me. And I was recently thinking that my early courses in painting when I was a teen, especially the static and kind-of-overplayed poses of the models in Renaissance paintings, are probably related to the way I now direct my models to. I am continuously looking at images, in magazines, in the streets, on the web, famous and unknown. It certainly affects my work in one way or another. However, when I start a new photo or documentary, I have no conscious idea at all of the influences it may refer to.
Why did you choose these photos?
These are all photos that I like a lot and that all represent very special meanings or moments to me. They also show a large part of my current work, from the story-telling and staged compositions, through the abandoned island of Hashima heavily filled with History.
What does photography mean to you?
For me, photography is a way to express myself, by formalizing in images things I may not necessary be able to say with words. It’s a part of me as important as language which I could not live without. But what I think is the most striking and interesting in the photographic medium is its ability: as a visually realist form of art. To me, this makes it such a very rich form of expression with so many layers to navigate through.
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