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Petzval Artist: Portraits by Parisian photographer Maxime Chanet

French photographer Maxime Chanet tested the new Petzval Lomography x Zenit Lens, taking photos of Yaya in a parisian apartment. The result is a beautiful series of intimate and delicate portraits, with great natural lights and contrasts. Discover what Maxime has to say about his experience shooting with the Petzval lens.

Name: Maxime Chanet
City: Paris
Country: France

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Maxime Chanet, I’m 25 and I’m a photographer in Paris.

Could you describe for us your photographic inclinations and aesthetics?

I really like portraits, especially black and white, although I’m starting to shoot more and more in color. I also like raw photo treatments and natural lights.

If you could describe your photography in 3 words, what would they be?

Impulsive, sensitive, raw.

Since when have you been involved in studio photography?

It’s been 5 years, I alternate studio and natural light photo shoots.

Were you a Lomographer before or is it a new discovery for you?

I use Lomo products from time to time, like the Fisheye for instance.

If you could bring your camera anywhere in the world, right now, where would you go?

New York City!

Which person (dead or alive) would you like to photograph, if given the chance?

Kurt Cobain.

And if you were to be photographed by anyone, who would you like that person to be?

Ed Templeton (skateboarder and artist)

Tell us about this photo series.

It was entirely shoot with natural light. It evolved and changed during the day as the sunlight decreased during the afternoon. I got to play around with the lens and try different things, working with contrasts and shades.

What did you think of the Petzval the first time you saw it?

It’s a very beautiful object!

Can you talk about your experience with the Petzval? What did you like about it?

The luminosity of the lens is very impressive, and the soft focus is unbelievable! I liked the fact that everything is manual, because it means that you must take your time. It gives you the feeling of working with a view camera while actually working with a digital one.

What advice would you give to people shooting with the Petzval for the first time?

At first it is not easy to get used to it, especially to focus and get some sharp images. I would advise to use a tripod if you want to do portraits, and to be careful with light variations when you shoot with natural lighting.

Is there a project you would like to use the Petzval lens for now that you have tried it?

Yes! I’d like to shoot some portraits in the streets of Paris and New York.

Speaking of projects, what are are your current projects?

I’d love to travel as much as I can to photograph! I’m currently working on a series about skateboarding and other portrait projects with my photographers’ collective, Meurs. I’ll be part of the All by Myself exhibition from the 4th to the 20th of April. Come see my photos!

You can also follow Maxime’s work on Facebook or Tumblr !

Thanks a lot, Maxime, for this interview!

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written by mariemcnaan and translated by mariemcnaan

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