A few months ago, Eléonore spoke to us about her visual approach to the bodies of women. A powerful speech that can be found in the photos she takes. Here, Eléonore Tisseyre has tested the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 as a means to obtain soft and romantic results ! The bokeh effect, which is symbolic of this lens, is used extensively in this series. Eléonore knows how to handle contrasts when it comes to the subjects of her photography : high fashion amongst the buildings of Parisian suburbs, an ancient bust finding itself in a minimal decor, and, as for a previous series, bodies that intertwine within plastic environments ! Having graduated from the ECV in Paris and NYIT Manhattan, Eleonore Tisseyre is an artistic director and graphic designer. Discover her inspirations in this interview !
Hello Eléonore, welcome ! We are glad to host you once again after our interview we made during International Women's Month ! What were your most recent projects?
Hello Lomography, thanks for having me once again!
These last few months I focused on aspects of artistic direction for an influential fashion brand, and it was quite intense !
What was your first contact with photography?
Surely it was during a field trip in preschool, for which my parents had bought me a disposable camera. I was so afraid to ruin the film with random images that I merely took "documentary" type of photos of the location, and zero photos of my girlfriends.
According to you, what distinguishes digital photography from analogue photography? Which medium do you prefer?
Digital photography is a security, it is linked to control, technical quality whilst analogue photography is instantaneous, can be filled with errors but remains nonetheless charming. In form, I prefer film photography but in the facts, I am more comfortable with digital. Having said this, I would like to produce only analogue photography as soon as possible.
Could you name a few of your favorite photographers?
Right now, I enjoy the works of Harley Weir and Colin Dodgson.
When you lack inspiration, what do you do?
I read through books and magazines in book stores, galleries and concept stores until something catches my eye or generates an idea.
You recently had the chance to test out the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens. How did the experimental process unfold?
It was the first time I had such a beautiful lens in my hands! At first, I dreaded the fact I could not handle it's technical aspects, but by trying it out in numerous conditions and by letting myself be guided by the lens, I could obtain beautiful results, very soft but at the same time very vibrant. The results vary according to the chosen aperture plate, the distance with the subject and the complexity of the background... It allows for very artistic results right away, while providing the photographer with a feeling of power when appropriating the lens and adding a personal touch. It's a real game.
These photos are high in color and are very pop ! What were your inspirations for this series ?
What pleased me the most with the Daguerreotype is that it can create fascinating blurs, fading out details, generating very delicate atmospheres that tend to be a little darker and melancholic. I wanted to balance these results with vivid tons.
The photos where taken in the suburbs of Paris, in a very difficult area. I found it was important to show a brighter perspective than usual.
You recently moved to New York. What are your upcoming projects?
Yes, the city is so stimulating! When I will have a bit more time, I would enjoy trying out more video oriented projects.
written by Adélaïde de Cerjat on 2018-06-20