Raw Connections: Malaysia-based Photographer Caroline Cuinet Wellings and the Petzval 58 Art Lens

2018-01-22

Currently based in Malaysia, Photographer Caroline Cuinet Wellings took the Petzval 58 Art Lens to one of her family's last trips before relocating to a different country. She shares with us intimate photos of her family and expresses her feelings for Southeast Asia through her work.

© Caroline Cuinet Wellings

Please introduce yourself to the Lomography community and the readers of the Online Magazine.

​My name is Caro. I am a french born family and newborn lifestyle photographer currently based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, but will relocate to the French Riviera -South of France- from July 2018.​

What is the origin story of your photography career?

​It all started when I got scared of regret! ​I used to be a teacher and a coach. I worked in schools in different countries until life brought my family and me to Malaysia. I had been learning photography, so I continued that and also set up my business here. I was going to give it two years to see if I could make this work. I just needed to give it a real shot, take a risk. I am self taught and continue to learn because that's what is so amazing with photography. You will never know enough, and you can keep evolving.

© Caroline Cuinet Wellings

How would you describe your style as a photographer?

​I want to capture natural emotions and moments​. I think my images give a very natural and warm feel. I look for light and I look for shadows, the connections between them and the people I photograph. Sometimes, in my client work, I need to guide a little more with some families than I'd do with others. I love that. Every family is unique and I strive to learn as much as I can about each one before I get to meet them. So my style can vary from fully documentary for an hour or so, to a bit more guided, with the unique goal of achieving natural connections and moments, with gorgeous light! I usually work in people's homes because m interest lies in capturing the everyday. I am interested in life, as it is.

What/Who do you consider as the greatest influence in your craft?

Way before I even knew anything about photography, I kept on reading over and over and over again the work of Robert Doisneau. It is interesting to know that a some of his shots were set up and orchestrated to perfection, but it's not like you could tell. I love that about his work. It was genius!

Light and shadow is my constant inspiration. I love their relationships, the shape they make it each other take, how it impacts on a moment. I am constantly seeking that relationship, how light and shadow behave and i always wonder how to use it, for what purpose.

© Caroline Cuinet Wellings

How do you develop your skills?

​I shoot daily. I do self-portraits, I photograph my children, our surroundings, things, our life. I constantly try to learn something new by following workshops, or I give myself challenges with personal projects.

Do you have any theme / concept for this shoot?

​I took on the experience of shooting with the Petzval 58 art lens the same way that I approach photography in general: fun, challenge, working with light, and daily. The opportunity came that we were travelling to Luang Prabang as a family. It is important for me to record the smallest events in my home, as much as exploring a new place. So I did just that. I shot daily, I looked for the light and moments unfolding gave me opportunities to record a trip in an artistic way.

© Caroline Cuinet Wellings

Tell us a little more about your Petzval 58 Art Lens experience. Any challenges or interesting stories?

​Getting to know the lens was fun. Achieving the focus was an interesting process and seeing results was really cool! Little by little I understood that distances mattered as much as which "key" to use and by the end of the week I was able to choose which one was best to use in different circumstances (light, distance and goal). The most fun was to try an in-camera double exposure with the lens! Challenging but I love the result of my eldest daughter portrait in Kuang Si Falls!

Do you have ongoing or upcoming projects that you would like to tell the community about?

W​ell, as we are leaving Malaysia, I have started a weekly image of #welivedinMalaysia. I realise that I have photographed a lot our travels and our indoor life but I have not photographed our favourite hiking places or places I have worked or gone for a coffee, or shopped my groceries etc... So I am aiming to post 1 image per week on that topic. Some locations and people mean a lot and I want to intentionally record that. It might be a self-portrait or portraits of my children or us a family or friends, and it will be on Instagram. The aim is to have a collection of 26 images to make a mini-album to sum up our life in Malaysia, to tell of the different things we have done here, things that we have loved. Every April, I also start a light project for 100 days, called #100daysoflumiere I also write a blog about it all to kind of reflet on the project.

© Caroline Cuinet Wellings

Caro used her Nikon D750 with the Petzval 58 Art Lens to take the wonderful photos in this article.

To follow her journey as a family photographer, check out her site, Facebook and Instagram.

written by crissyrobles on 2018-01-22

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