Troper The Tellers is a night photographer from Paris – the city of lights. I hope you’ll enjoy the interview;
How did you fall in love with photography?
I was in my first year of medical school and it was extremely difficult to hold on. Everybody asked how did they pass this year and tell me to find a hobby I can use to let the stress out of me. A few years ago I was always taking photos with my phone, pretty bad photos but that was my photos and that was pretty fun. Back to my year of Medicine I decided to buy my first DSLR (a Nikon D3300 that I still use) and I used it to take photos of everything. That’s how I fell in love with photography and that’s how I failed my first year of Medicine.
How important is having a unique style as a photographer? How would you describe your style?
First of all I think that finding your style is pretty difficult, you have to get through a lot of different style, inspired by other, to find your own. So having a unique style is not that important when you start, don’t focus on that, focus on your photography and eventually it will come naturally. But in the end, if you want to start professionally, having a unique style is what will differentiate you against the others photographers.
If I had to describe my style, I’ll say just 4 words, light in the dark.
Where did you grow up? How have your roots influenced your sense of style?
I grew up in Paris, the cliché thing of Paris is the city of lights so yeah, I guess you can reliate my style to that ! More seriously, I always preferred night over day so I walked a lot in the streets of Paris at night and, viewing all these lights really have inspired me to develop my style.
What advice would you give to aspiring photographers out there?
Don’t stop because others make photos you think are better than your own. When you start it’s normal if your photos sucks, just check the first photos of my instagram, it’s really bad but I don’t delete them so people can see my bebut and see that everyone start from something not that great. Perseverance is the key.
Have you ever run out of ideas?
Always. Not a day I don’t wonder “how the fuck can I do something new tonight”. It’s really difficult to stay creative for me, everyone keep telling me to plan my shoot, but it’s something that don’t work for me, I have to be outside and it’s only then that I get inspired and I get some cool shots.
How do you find places and models for your shootings?
Well, I get my bike and go outside at night, I make zigzag streets to streets, I bike until my legs are dead. I have discovered a lot of cool places for shoot like that.
For the models, I started photographying my friends, then friends of friends and when my instagram started to looks good, people started to come to me for shooting.
What’s the one piece of photo gear you couldn’t live without?
My prisme. It’s true that it’s not really a photo gear but with that little thing I’m able to create some awesome reflections that really give a plus to my photography. I use this on every shoots !
Do you edit your photos? If yes, which programs do you use?
My photos are not heavly edited, excepts some where I add some things like light trail, speaking of that I have a before and after story pined on my instagram. I use lightroom and photoshop to do these edit.
We would like to express our gratitude to Troper The Tellers for this great interview.
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