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Philae Photo – Crafting désir within pictures

Hi @philaephoto, how long have you been a photographer and how did you start?

I’ve been shooting for almost 15 years. I started with argentic in the South Pacific.

I guess I’ve learned to check the lights and details during that time.

I then quit photography for some years because of a new job, and I was living in a place that had a light I didn’t like much.

When I turned to digital photo again, I was sharing my life with a wonderful and beautiful lady that I use to shoot with often. She motivated me to find beauty in the daily life and in very usual places. She is indeed very beautiful, and my passion for details is the gift she gave me.

 

When we broke up, I attended a workshop as I felt I couldn’t shoot with someone else… and then, magic happened again.

My fav part of the shoot is the connection with the models. I like when they feel confident and they know we are getting great images.

They feel respected and they often give me the best of their personality.

 

black and white girl in fishnet photo by philae photo

black and white photo of girl playing with fishnets

What are you working on right now?

I’m about to leave and move back to the sea. I always liked water and liquids.

I started building some new presets to work underwater, as well as playing with sunsets. But I will definitely keep working in body details. The search for Erotism is endless 🙂 

 

What is eroticism to you, and how do you make sure to portrait authenticity within your photographies?

Eroticism in photography is not the focus on genitals. They can appear, but it’s better when they are just suggested.

My research aim is to get the désir in the pictures. Creating confidence with the models is the prerequisite for creating something that makes you feel the désir when you look with your eyes. The photo’s power is to make your mind wish for the next image.  And it’s a success for me as a photographer.

photo of a tanned naked woman with wet body

photo of a naked woman leaning on a hay ball by philae photo

How do you see the relationship between eroticism and creativity?

 

As said, it’s an endless process. I need to be creative to get even more desire expressed by my photos, and more desire makes the eroticism of my pictures even stronger. That’s the reason why my models are also good friends, they know that we are in a very creative process and they are a very important part of it. They are not only posing, they act, they play, they live… and they sometimes go behind their own borders and they like to shock!

We have a very good friendship and my models knows they can stand by me not only for photo shoots. We also share time together as friends, and do stuff together like museum visits, sports, or leisure. 

I’m talking about my muses: Joy Lamore, my Spanish queen and and her crazy friend Ichi, as well as Ana Tomou. These Girls are always pushing me further in my creativity.

I want to thank Kate Chromia as she gave me back the taste of beautiful nudes, as well as Sadie. We have to work together sometimes, she’s really a major source of motivation to me. We share photo, music, tattoos,travel… There’s no way we could make bad photos together. 

 

 

We’ve noticed many shots of yours feature a beautiful contrast between lights and shadows, around and on female forms. What’s the creative vision behind this stylistic choice?

I’ve been living in an industrial city, far from the sea for years. It was not that easy to shoot outside, since it was raining pretty often. 

So I’ve learned to be closer to a better light, and to take time for réflexion before shooting. And I had to learn to play with bad neon lights in poor girls rooms or tatty apartments.

When you have limits, you’re even more motivated to find ways to remove it. And that is creativity.

It might seem easy to make stunning pictures on the beaches of Bahamas. But only a few photographers really make great pics out of such amazing scenarios. That’s because they want to stress beauty of the place, and then the girl became an icon in the picture. It’s not a vacation souvenir that you’re shooting!

Photography is also a training process. The more you shoot the better you are. The same applies to working with models. Learn with beginners, and perform with confirmed.

 

shadow of black lingerie on woman body photo by philae photophoto of shadow on a naked woman butt by philae photophoto of a plant shadow on a naked woman side by philae photo

Your work has been featured in Volo Magazine, the World #1 Nude Magazine. Could you tell us more about that?

That was cool. 

The set was amazing, and Lyzzy is a really good friend of mine. We played with milk at the time. 

It was very nice also because the shoot was released for her birthday. What better gift can I offer? 🙂 

 

What has been your experience in sharing your work in nude photography through social media?

Sharing is very important. 

Models I worked with always share my work, and of course I enjoy sharing theirs too.

It’s also a way for new models to contact me, as I am often traveling, meeting people all around the world. 

I joined a group of photographers where we share tips, places and model profiles, and that’s a great community.

Traveling models knows I am a trustworthy guy and a good guest. 

photo of a naked woman in yoga pose by philae photophoto of a naked woman in flexible yoga pose by philae photophoto of a naked woman leaning on the floor by philae photo

Which are the three most important things you learned during the last few years in nude photography?

Respect , Friendship and Humility

Always respect the girls. They might be naked but they are real women, not fresh meat.

As I have an high level of respect, I am grateful about having lots of model friends.

We usually share more than photos, and that translates into even better pictures. We speak about music, art or stupid things.. we are never bored and it’s always a pleasure to share a fresh glass near the sea.

Photographer Bertrand Carrot was my last meet and he thought me wetplate photo, XVIII’s century’s photographic technic. It’s a way to keep remembering the roots of photography and also inputs newbies technics… Lots lots of good things are coming.

Humility is also very important.

I look at others for inspiration. I also share as much as I can with beginners (if they don’t forget respect!) and I am open minded about other forms of art.

I am an ArtSponge! 😉

I am also building an expo in Monaco or Paris. Also NewYork or HongKong would be great too!

I am also a dreamer and I want to host a shooting session in a beautiful place just with friends… But I will need to find a sponsor for that.
It’s an open call! 🙂 

I would like to take this chance to openly thank:

@joy.lamore

@petite.mort.03

@ana.tomou

@sadiegrayheart

@lyzzy.lm

@_muffin

@troybflying_photography

@lightyearace

@bertrand.carrot

 

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