“In the beginning photography was a vague way of expression, but now I’m fascinated by the possibilities of investigating the world in which we live.”
Nicolas Fontas. Born in 1980, Nicolas Fontas is a French self-taught photographer currently based in Bordeaux, France.
“My Best Shot”
The story behind the picture: “I started to take my first pictures at the age of 16, with a camera that I had won in a game. I always carried my new toy around with me and became a real enthusiast.
In recent years, I have not stopped to photograph the world around me through: a nice light, interesting architecture or a scene of urban life. I especially like juxtaposition, overlay or superimpose a shot. It happened by mistake. You forget to change the roll of film in a film camera and all of a sudden you capture a new image on top of the previous one. Out of the, the idea of my project “Transparency Series” was born.
I combine several images to save as a single image that sticks to my mind and allows me to transcribe motion or a sense of a world in constant motion.
The city is one of my greatest sources of inspiration. I always try to create a beautiful image. My travels have given me the opportunity to take photographs in many cities of the world. I always look for a unique perspective to offer an artistic work.”
Interview with Nicolas Fontas
Nicolas, what was your first camera and photographic experience?
My first camera was a Vivitar EZ View Big that I’d won in a game.
Why did you become a photographer?
I am an amateur photographer who has just discovered a passion for photography.
What does photography mean to you?
In the beginning photography was a vague way of expression, but now I’m fascinated by the possibilities of investigating the world in which we live.
Your favorite photography quote?
“I believe in invisible; I do not believe in visible.” Duane Michals
What do you consider to be the axis of your work?
I use the fixed lenses, such as 50mm for example. The framing is very important to me. Color expands the meaning of photography and adds another level of information to the photo.
What qualities and characteristics does a good photographer need?
Passion and sensibility.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your photographic projects?
The city is one of my great sources of inspiration.
What kind of photography equipment and photographic supplies do you use?
Canon 7D, Leica D-Lux 3 – and still my old Vivitar.