Montreal is filled with talented people and amazing photographers. Julien Laperriere is definitely one of them, with his black and white portraits and raw, in the moment images. Although we’ve never met in person (one day, maybe!), I’ve been following his work for a while and I can assure he is the one to watch. He answered a few questions for us, about photos, art and inspirations.
What are your inspirations?
Paintings, portraits and movies. I have a background in illustration and painting, which is probably why my photos are always more on the illustration side, with a lot of contrast.
Do you prefer digital or film?
Digital. I have an old Canon EX that I never use, probably because I am a little lazy.
Helmut Newton, Serge Clément.
I use to paint a lot, when I was feeling inspired, but hated the fact that I had to wait countless hours to fix a simple thing on my canvas or that a simple mistake could kill an entire day of work. I then decided to buy a camera and play with it like I would with paint, shooting portraits and experimenting.
What would you say to someone who wants to start taking photos?
Charles Bukowski said “don’t try” and I think that applies to photography as well. It is very important to not try to hard, if it doesn’t work, leave it there and come back later. If it happens to look great, do art with it.
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