Celebrating Women's Beauty: An Interview With Guillaume Gaubert (NSFW)

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Guillaume Gaubert is a french photographer who certainly has an eye for beauty. Only a few years ago, he became fascinated with the whole process of taking photos and decided to dive into the world of photography. From the moment he held his first camera, Guillaume's photographic style evolved, and he became more interested in photographing people. Now, he enjoys taking photos of women and they are his everlasting source of inspiration. In this interview, you will get to know Guillaume from a different perspective and learn more about his photographic journey.

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Hey Guillaume! What are you mostly shooting these days?

Hello! Since my favorite thing to photograph are people, I mainly shoot portraits and more specifically girls because I find a certain aesthetic that inspires me.

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When did you discover your interest in photography? Do you still have the same photographic style as before, or you began exploring new directions?

My interest in photography started a few years ago. At that time I was only taking photos punctually even though I really enjoyed it. Since my grandmother knows my passion about vintage stuff, she one day gave me an old camera which belonged to my grandfather who I never had the chance to know. Maybe it was a mean to connect with him but then I started using this camera more and more which increased my interest in photography and made me learn about technical aspects of it.

I quickly changed my photography. At the beginning, I was really inspired by the cinematographic aspects of Théo Gosselin’s photos and I was taking photos mostly with my friends and during trips. When I realised that I was more interested in photographing people, I took inspiration from various photographers until I settled in something that really is mine even though I think I am constantly evolving into something else without noticing.

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What is the most challenging thing about being a photographer? What inspires you to capture great shots and do this job everyday?

I think the most challenging thing as a photographer is to build a unique visual identity. When people see one of your photos it’s important that they recognise you. There are so many images old and new on internet now that it is easy to get inspired about something you find cool without thinking about you and what you are about first.
I am telling you this, but even myself have not perfectly identified what is perfect for me, and I think this is what inspire me to take better pictures everyday : to know me better everyday.

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Among other things, you also shoot nude photography. How do you manage to make your models feel comfortable in front of the camera?

I haven’t done a lot of nude photography, but I think it’s important the model feels comfortable as well when she is topless or even wearing underwear. When you are being photographed by someone you don’t particularly know, you can feel quite nude even if you’re wearing some clothes I guess. I don’t say or do something in particular, there is no magical thing to do to make everyone comfortable. I think it is all about the atmosphere and relationship you create. For me, I try to approach it like it is not a big deal (without saying it), talk quite a bit before to build some kind of friendship. You cannot expect someone to be comfortable right away.

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When do you feel most inspired to take photos?

When the model is comfortable with herself.

You have had the opportunity to visit Switzerland and make some really beautiful shots surrounded by nature. What did you enjoy the most about this trip?

I didn’t go to Switzerland specifically to take photos but to see my friend photographer Arnaud Ele and spend some days with him and to work on some projects he had. But since I decided to stay longer than expected, we had time to take photos. I could explore nature in Switzerland which is like no other place on earth, so naturally I decided to take photos there. But the thing I enjoyed the most was seeing my friends.

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If you could choose one way to express your creativity, beside photography, what would it be?

I would say music, as I can feel so much emotions while listening to a song. Unfortunately I am not particularly gifted for it and I don't have enough time to practice it. But I would really love to make a movie, which would be the best way to combine photography and music. It is really something I will be working on in the future.

What fascinates you the most about analogue photography? What are some of the benefits of shooting on film?

I love analogue photography because of the colors it renders, the way it plays with light sometimes like a painting, and how unpredictable it can be. When you take a photo, you are not sure how it will render, but you know it will add something. For me, analogue photography feels true, authentic and warm. Beside the aesthetic benefit, film can handle light like no other digital camera which is great for me as I like to play with direct light when I take photos, the dynamic range is far better. Film lets you take only your best photo.

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All photographs shown in this article were used by the permission of Guillaume Gaubert. If you want to see more of his beautiful work, follow Guillaume on Instagram or check out his Website.

written by Ivana Džamić on 2017-01-02 #people #film #analogue #nudity #portrait-photography #guillaumegaubert

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