claudmey (a.k.a Claudia Meyer)
How did you get involved with photography? When did you get involved? What else do you do besides photography?
Iím french and I live near Paris. Photograph isnít my job but my passion and my favorite hobby. Iím clinical psychologist and work in childhood's social assistance; itís much different than photography! I adore my job; it gives me great satisfaction on a personal level, but I feel the need to escape through more creative activities. Thatís why photography can make me see the world in a more beautiful way !!!
I've enjoyed photography for along time. When I was young, I made my photo albums. I have always loved taking photo and now I canít live without it. I have a lot of things to learn for improve my skill !
Who and what inspires you artistically?
As i wrote in my sxcís profile :
"One very gifted child i'm working with, told me once so simply :
I take pictures, to show to everyone how simple things can be beautiful, if you just look at it.
What inspires me is the worldís beauty! There is so much beauty all around the world! Seeing wonderful pictures (like on SXC for exemple) makes me try to do better and improve the composition of my pics.
I like to spend time in nature, parks, forestÖ to shot simple things as wildlife, flowers, landscapes, autumn or springís scenesÖ I really appreciate to immortalize these fabulous and ephemeral moments. I like playing with the lights, to create artistic and attractive effects.
Whether you are shooting outdoor landscapes or mannequins in a studio environment, there seems to be an element of fantasy throughout your images. Almost feels like we are in a fairy tale. What drives you to create these images of fantasy?
I love when landscapes looks dreamy and magical !
A picture, itís a like poetry, it can tell you a story. My photos are instinctive, guided by the forms, textures and especially the colors ! You just have to be curious, to look around you, and to be aware.
What technical aspects are most important to creating dramatic fanatasy images? How much work is done in Photoshop to create these fantastical images?
A long time, imagination and patience!
I Sometimes use Photoshop for retouching my pics (contrast, levels, balance, imperfections, cropingÖ).
I like to create fantasy images but I just experiment ( je tatŰnne, I donít know the english expression), Iím still only an amateur trying to improve myself. Itís just for fun!
There are many more experienced photographers on the site!
What would you consider to be your ultimate photographic experience?
All photographic experiences are an amazement when I take the time to appreciate them. I canít say which one is my Ďultimateí, I try to get from my experiences as much pleasure as feelings and magic;
The first picture I uploaded on sxc (autumn landscape) was a great moment! I uploaded my pics on a french site for a long time, but I prefer your site to french ones because we can meet peoples of all origins, and itís a very effective way to get your images to the outside world.
What do you see your photography heading in the future?
I would like to travel all around the world to explore, see more and more beauty and sxc enables me to do it virtually!
I wish to learn much techniques to improve myself and learn more from others.
I donít know what comes next. I donít usually plane my shots. Christmas is next!
I donít have specific project, just continue to live my passion and continue to share my feelings with others people!
Special thanks to my dear friend who told me about your website, and a great thanks to the administrator!
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