As a young photographer living in Paris, Celine Meunier has the gift of capturing soft moments in all simplicity, "images taken spontaneously but not stolen", as she states in this interview. Her photos remind us that beauty is everywhere, and we just have to seize it. During one of her travels to the South of France, she has tried our Neptune Convertible Art Lens System.
How did you start off with analogue photography?
When I moved to Turkey in 2011, my grandmother gifted me with a Nikon Fm2. I knew nothing about shooting. So i had fun.
What inspires you?
Inspiration can come from everything, you just have to let yourself be guided. However, I find a certain vitality in the moments I spend with my friends or close ones, especially these old friendships that allow you to act without fear of judgements, so people forget the presence of the camera and the images are pure gifts. My sister is also my partner in experimentation, but that's something else.
How would you define your style?
I think it is rather natural in its aesthetics as the images are taken spontaneously but not stolen, which I value highly. It is in constant evolution; there are many things in photography I wish to explore, and it will influence my approach.
Your first impression of the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System ?
I needed a bit of time to adapt as I am used to classical fixed focal distances, and in this case, the system is quite different. It was an interesting challenge, it pushed me to rethink some technical aspects that had become automatic, to rethink creativity through two different angles: the technical aspect and the content of the image, it was fun.
Can you tell us a bit more about this series? Which is your favourite photo?
Yes. I went to the South of France between Marseille and Toulon the last weeks of the year. I didn't know the place beforehand so you can sense the feeling of discovery of the place and its surroundings.
My favourite one is the window in the car. I walked by without noticing it at first, and then I was intrigued. There was a certain unity in the colours and during the month of December, it is a strange thing to see this window covered by a bath towel as if it were to keep the car chilly during a warm summer's day. It transformed the atmosphere and the idea we have of the weather and the seasons.
Any last words?
The most important is to have fun, and there is always a way of doing so!
written by Denis Assalit on 2018-04-04 #people