Going the nature mile | 邁向自然之路

Maxime Daviron – Les Étendues Arides

Behind all the breathtaking photographs, it is not only Maxime Daviron’s favourite camera, Nikon D750, but also a curious heart towards everything creative. “[Other than being a photographer], I am a musician, I write a lot, and logically, I am very attracted to cinema which brings together all the disciplines.”

Heavily influenced by cinematic style, Maxime’s works are usually horizontally framed and scaled 16:9. He tries to capture the liveliness, emotions and influences when he faces such scenes in person.

“I feel like photography is always here for me in my life. I never really ‘chose’ it as it is so obvious. I guess it is defined as a passion of mine,” said Maxime.

For taking photos, he has seen 24-hour sunlight in the arctic circle, auroras, different faces of skies and various storms; he has also experienced sleeping in snow at -25°C, thawing shoes with a camping stove and walking 10 hours to get to a remote location.

Maxime Daviron – Terres Perdues

“The most difficult situation for a photographer is to succeed in living only with photography. I actually love all other environmentally tough situations, which make me feel more alive when I have conquered them.”

Maxime seems to enjoy extreme situations. He mentioned that all natural outlets such as mountains, deserts, weird areas and alien looking places (this might be starting to get out of the “nature” category here) have inspired him in different ways. It all started from his curiosity to explore, interpret and create.

“The best nature so far is Mars, or Titan! There are methane seas up there! I have no answer for the question of where is ‘the best nature’ yet. I am very attracted to locations like the Himalayas, Antarctica or deserts like Atacama, Wadi Rum and Asserkrem.”

“Nature is everything. It is so big and obvious yet we tend to forget that we are part of it.”

Maxime Daviron – Atmospheres

Photography has always represented a bipolar stereotype in audiences: everyone can take photos but it is difficult to take photos that move people. Especially with the advancement of technology, computers have done great effects but brought negative reputation to photography.

“If PhotoShop-ing means manipulating. It is not photography anymore but something else. However, post-processing is a crucial part of the process as ‘shooting’ is unpredictable; it is not the same as digital photography but only the modern extension of the lab.”

Nature has been the dominating theme of Maxime’s portfolio while cities have taken up merely a few items. “Capturing nature, cities and humans are not the same approach and situations. The main aim is to define what you want to tell. The best lesson I have learnt in school is ‘to think more about every aspect of photography.’”

Maxime shared with us that his next destinations are deserts in Maghreb, Great Britain, Scandinavia, Spain and across France. Although he has been leaving footprints all around the world, his vision as a photographer is surprisingly simple:

“I hope I can earn enough from photography and be able to travel as much as I want and develop other projects. It would be great to create a humongous project that connects different forms of art and of course, be original.”

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Maxime Daviron – Vestiges

在他所有引人入勝的照片背後,不只是Maxime Daviron最愛的相機尼康D750,更是對於任何創意都维持好奇的心。「(除了作為一個攝影師,)我也是一個音樂人,我很喜歡寫東西,自然而然的,我非常喜歡將所有以上元素歸納在一起的電影。」

受到電影的重度影響,Maxime所有的作品幾乎都是橫向的16:9画面。當他直面所攝景象的時候,他嘗試捕捉生態,情感的镜头以及因此所帶來的影響。

Maxime說:「我覺得攝影一直存在在我生命中,它明顯得我用不著去 『選擇』它。我想這就是我的熱情所在吧。」

為了拍攝,他曾經到訪過24小時全天候日光的北極圈,面对極光、天空的多种面貌以及風暴;他亦曾經試過在零下二十五度的雪地中入睡、只能以營火融化鞋上的冰才能继续行走以及徒步10小時就為了到達一個拍攝地點。

「對於一個攝影師來說,最艱難的事情就是如何單純依靠攝影來過生活。我其實很喜歡所有艱難的環境 – 當我征服它們的時候,我感到我從未如此『活著』過。」

Maxime Daviron – Atmosphere

Maxime似乎很喜歡所有極端環境。他提及的所有地方諸如高山、沙漠、甚至渺無人煙的地方(也許已經跳出「自然」的範圍)都從不同方面激發他的靈感。一切都激发出他的好奇心去探索,理解和創造。

「我覺得最美麗的自然就是火星,或者是泰坦星!上面可是有甲烷海!其實我對於「最美麗的大自然」暂时沒有特定的答案。我就是很喜歡喜馬拉雅山,南極、阿他加馬沙漠、瓦迪拉姆和阿塞克拉姆山這類型的地方。」

「大自然就是所有,它又大又圍繞著我們,导致我們很容易就會忘記我們是自然的一部分。」

對於攝影,很多人都總是有這樣的概念:每個人都能拍照,但是要拍到感動人的照片卻很困難。

Maxime Daviron – Terres Perdues

「如果後期加工的目的是控制整個影像,那麼它就不再是攝影了。不過,由於攝影期間有很多不穩定因素,後期處理还是很重要的:它跟數碼攝影不是同一回事,不過也算是攝影的延伸。」

在大自然在Maxime的作品集裡佔有重要的一席位的同时,城市景觀也占有部分画面。「捕捉自然,城市和人类是完全不同的方法和狀況,主要目的是要辨明你到底是想要表達什麼。我在學校學到最有用的就是『考慮攝影的不同方面和角度』。」

Maime還跟我們分享了他下一個目的地是在馬格裡布的一個沙漠、英國、北歐、西班牙和橫跨法國。儘管他在全世界都在留下足跡,但是他對於攝影的追求卻依然非常簡單:

「我希望我可以從攝影上赚到足够的钱,并且可以隨心所欲的旅遊去嘗試各种不同的企劃。如果可以將不同的艺术範疇聯結在一起,並保持原創性,那就更好了。」

 

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