Photography is a lifestyle.
Name: Audrey Leignel
Hometown: Paris, France
Style of photography: Landscape, nature, portrait, abstract
Type of camera(s): Most of the time, I use my Yashica Mat 124G, but occasionally I also use a Polaroid automatic 100, a Zenit-E, a Lubitel 166 B, a disposable camera and very occasionally a digital one, a Pentax K10d
Website: www.audreyleignel.com & Flickr
What gives you inspiration?
It depends on the body of work. When it comes to landscapes, I am usually inspired by the beauty and strangeness of the place, a particular light or the magic generated by the scenery. Regarding more intimate work, I usually follow my emotions, the mood I am in. Literature and 19th century’s paintings are also a strong inspiration.
What are your influences?
I am a huge fan of Northern European photography. Images by Rineke Dijkstra, Désirée Dolron and Carla van de Puttelaar fascinate me by their lighting, poetry, sensitivity and sobriety. I am also influenced by lesser known artists that I found on Flickr (check out my favorites). To name a few, Annette Pehrsson for her intimate work, Raphaël Bourelly for his colors or Michael Kenna whose rigorous compositions have a strong impact on me.
Why did you choose these photos?
I chose these images because I feel that they are a fair representation of what I do.
What does photography mean to you?
Photography is a lifestyle. It’s a way to communicate. It’s a way to visually express one’s feelings in a bashful manner. It’s a beautiful and incurable addiction.
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