Tuesday, December 23, 2014

                                                                    News /Vogue/Art







“It all started with feature films. I had the good fortune to be born in Paris in the 1960's. This was a period of great artistic freedom. I grew up surrounded by actors and artists, which naturally led me to my first important experience with imagery. I became one of the assistants of the famous French director, Jean Becker…” Remi Rebillard talks with PhotoVogue Columnist, Joanne Carter about his life experiences and photographic journey to date.

During this period, Rebillard came to know Francis Giacobetti (the brilliant French photographer who has made a life-long quest out of anatomising, in scintillating detail, famous figures and their bodily parts); at his house Rebillard would sneak a look at the slides laid out upon his light box from his latest shoot. This triggered tremendous excitement in Rebillard, a passion that led him to pick up a camera and commence his journey as a photographer.
In the 1990’s after working a few years for Parisian fashion magazines, he decided to embark upon an absolute adventure and try New York with his young American wife Cara Leigh; they were both drawn to New York’s creative vivacity. This is where he started to find his incredible style, his voice as an artist. Living in a tiny Greenwich Village artist’s loft, he experimented with light, by combining the daylight from his north-facing skylight with strobes and gels.
Lighting is one of Rebillard’s considerable strengths; he is able to mix whatever light he has available, no matter how low it may be, with strobes and filters. He particularly loves natural light, strong daylight, similar to the North-facing skylight he once had in his apartment in New York.
Rebillard’s photography includes a good deal of sexual intrigue, femininity, enchantment, fantasy, reverie and illusion. He combines all of this with his running theme “how can innocence and beauty survive in a world that is drifting away?”. He explains, “for me it is about the light, the mood, the emotion, loneliness”. The distance he creates between his models and the viewer is as a narrative, both earnest and exquisite. It’s told in an enchanted visual density that he adores, relinquishing bright light for rich saturation.
His favourite image from his own work is ethereal, as are so many of his images entitled Red is the color of Rubies, Strawberries and Alea – it is of a model laying on train tracks in the desert - it beautifully sums up his work, perfectly demonstrating the fragility of a woman’s beauty whilst, illustrating the fallibility of nature around her. Rebillard explains, “In this photograph, we're met with the same tireless theme that touches me time and again… model Alea, is at home in the world and yet, disconnected from it”.
Rebillard is more concerned with intent, what he is trying to convey within a photograph, the emotion, the feeling, than the actual hardware tools needed. He proclaims, “the least of my concerns is if I use my Nikon, my Hasselblad or my mobile phone for photography, if an assignment requires a certain amount of quality for an image I will decide if my Nikon or my Hasselblad is best. I am old school. I learned to shoot with film, before retouching and digital. I learned about light, exposure, filters, lenses, and films... Every artist has their medium and their tools. A painter has his pallet, his canvas, his brushes, his muse, and his light. It is not that different for me”.
Predominately only using his mobile phone for location scouting and castings. He does not have an Instagram account or Twitter account; this is not to say that he never will, but for now he feels it’s a distraction from his work. Rebillard chooses to work with PhotoVogue he says,“because of the incredible level of photography for such young talent from all over the world, and Alessia Glaviano (Senior Photo Editor of Vogue Italia and L'Uomo Vogue) is probably the most arduous in terms of evaluation of an image”.
An admirer of many photographers, Rebillard particularly enjoys the art of Sarah Moon, specifically her recurring theme of childhood, femininity and solitude. He also savours Deborah Turbeville’s photography, who claims the idea of decay is the heart of her work. “One thing I would like to say about photography is that most of the time, I find that I am more touched by female photographers. I am inspired by their feminine touch or style, their interpretation, their eye,” he explains. Additionally, the distinctive visual aesthetic that director of photography, John Mathieson, brought to Gladiator and many others of Ridley Scott's films, he adores.
In his free time Rebillard loves to fill his mind with images and art. These may be images that he views online or different forms of art in museums or even watching old films, he finds inspiration and ideas from all of these.
Rebillard is a very talented and creative photographer, his gift to me, is the smile he put in my heart, whilst viewing his images.


Joanne Carter is the Founder and Editorial Director of TheAppWhisperer.com

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