interview with GERALD LAROCQUE

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Gerald was born in 1990 and is currently living in Toronto, Canada. Enjoy his magnificent romantic Photography...












AM:Share with us how was your start as a photographer.

I can't remember my life without having a camera. My parents would always keep disposable cameras around the house and we would always go together to send them away to be developed at our local portrait studio.

I couldn't help but become fascinated with the unknown. The more time I spent taking photos the more time I learned about double exposures, light leaks, composition, and most of all the beauty of portraiture.

AM:Whose work has influenced you most?

I've always been inspired by the works of Tim Walker, and Sally Mann. I've never seen a photographer let alone two capture the human spirit so well. Each image these two photographers take are as if they are a story within themselves... as if they actually captured the essence of that person within a still.

AM:Your photography, mostly, is a dedication to a certain sensual romanticism. How do you describe your aesthetics ?

I would describe my imagery as an emotional type of romanticism.

AM:How do you select your models?

The models I work with are signed to agencies throughout North America. The models I select to work with have to be similar to my personal aesthetic. Each model, and each photograph I take has to be able to tell a story individually and as a group. As if they were one concrete array of imagery all taken together at once.

AM:Is the Internet a destructive development for the art of photography or you think open new opportunities for you ?

I believe the Internet has been nothing but great to photography and photographers. It is a great tool for photographers to share and showcase their works and learn from one another. I remember taking art classes when I was younger and they never wanted to classify photography as an art. Which is funny to me now when photography in my opinion is the largest art form.

AM:How much other Arts impact your photography?

Paintings play a key part in my photography's success. I attend gallery shows on a regular, and I examine pieces for hours. My goal when examining galleries is to learn from the artist and mimic their colour pallets but through postproduction.

AM:How much important is the Conceptual preparation on your projects?

Conceptual preparation is key to any shoot. I believe it is actually the pillar to my success as a photographer. Without conceptual preparation my images would just be images like any other person could take but instead they in my eyes are a work of art... or a story, which is what I'm really after.

AM:What's next for the future? Tell me few things about your next projects.

That's something I never know how to discuss... The truth is you and everyone else will just have to wait and see because I truly never know what to expect until the moment it happens.

AM: Thank you for your anwers Gerald!




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