Street photography and skateboarding have something in common — you have to live in the moment to get the full experience. Hugo Bernatas knows that all too well. After all, he encounters both things on a daily basis. His work is a combination of these two disciplines, one so intertwined, it's sometimes difficult to see where one ends and the other begins.
Hi, Hugo! Welcome to the Magazine. Please, share a bit about yourself.
Hello, My name is Hugo Bernatas, I’m a French Director and analog photographer living in Lyon.
How long have you been taking photographs?
I began photography eight years ago with a digital camera and a few years later, I bought my first film camera. I’m still using it today.
What do you like most about it?
The act of creating and even the photo itself. From shooting to development, I like having something concrete that you can touch.
What would you like to communicate to your viewers through your photography?
Especially in my skateboarding photos, the fact that the skater is only a small element in this carousel that is life
Why do you still shoot with film?
Mostly for the visual that it renders. Then natively with film, you do not take fifteen thousand photos, you select what you take. You can feel that you really were part of the process of taking your photo.
What makes you create images?
What makes me create an image and take out my camera is the present moment and good light. I think we are all looking for the right light because it is what makes the film so different.
The skate lifestyle is prevalent in your work as well as street photography. Is there a moment when these two subjects intersect in your work?
Skateboarding is done in the street so the two subjects are obviously related. When you compose a skateboarding photo, you combine architectural photography but you can also have moments of life-next-door, like a passerby watching the scene.
We love the contrast, shadows, and texture of your black and white photographs. Why choose this film over color and slide?
I choose black and white film for its raw side. Especially for skateboarding photos, there is no color so you can be more focused on the character in action. It makes the photo more timeless.
What's your most memorable shoot and why?
My most memorable shoot is a photo taken on the balcony of a shopping mall, where a skater is doing tricks on a rail. I love this photo because that three-way street was closed shortly before the moment it was taken. It was an ephemeral spot and then the trick was beautiful along with the shadow it casts.
What are your predictions for the film photography industry/community?
I think that, at this moment, the film industry is slowly coming back to life. There is a fad that is very good right now and that puts the silver film back on the tracks. There are also hard shots with the production stop of some film like the Rollei CR200 that I love.
What inspires you?
What inspires me is what I see at photo exhibitions. For example, and especially the work of some photographers such as Lucien Hervé, Fred Mortagne, Rafael González, and others
Any upcoming projects you'd like to share? Please invite our readers
Yes, I’m working on a small book with skateboarding shoots, in color. I have already released the first edition. It is in connection with a series of videos I made, about the skateboard scene of Lyon. The series is called Some Street Frames. There are three episodes.
Lastly, who is Hugo Bernatas when he's not taking photographs?
When I'm not taking photographs, I'm a director and an editor for commercial and music videos. I also spend plenty of my time in town, skating with my friends.
We would like to thank Hugo for letting us feature his images in the Magazine. If you're interested in his work, you may head over to his Instagram for more.