Laurent Pheulpin | Switzerland
My passion for photography emerged 15 years ago with the advent of digital. After a brief visit to the photo-landscape, I discovered the joys of the studio and its infinite possibilities.
Chemist by training, I still do not know if the light is made of waves or particles, but I appreciate the fact of modulating it by orienting my monoblocks according to my desires.
Light can express disarray by its absence or dissolve the subject that will be defined only by its accessories.
I also sought to explore our relationship with aging and eroticism through a series of photos featuring dolls of all ages.
Contemporary Art Station: Tell us about how you got started. When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
I bought an camera and my passion for photography came out of the blue. When I started to work with a studio I knew I wanted to produce artwork by playing with the light.
CAS: What is your process like, from initial idea to the creation of the piece? Do you usually develop the idea for a project before you find the "canvas", or vice versa?
I develop an Idea and a symbolism at first and then I work in the photostudio with my models.
CAS: What do you love most about your creative process?
It helps me to use my imagination and every experience is different.
The fact of having an idea and seeing it take shape is also fascinating.
CAS: What role does art and the artist play in the broader social conversation today?
Art joins the concert of opinions that try to improve our situation. Wiliam Blake said : "Art is life and life is art" so art will Always be part of our social fabric.
CAS: Name a few of your favourite artists and influences.
Victor Hugo because it allowed me to discover for the first time the symbolism in art through his novels and his poems.
Sidney Bechet for his cascades of notes that fill me with emotion every time I listen to him.
You will notice that there are no photographers because I avoid being influenced.
CAS: What is the best advice you received as an artist?
To distance myself from the advice I am given and to give more credit to those who are recurring.
CAS: When did you discover your voice as an artist?
During an exhibition in a cultural club. The opening was preceded by a conference that raised many questions. Then a journalist interviewed me and tried to explore my theme. I felt a great interest from him and from the public.
CAS: What advice would you give to emerging artists trying to find their own?
The same as the best one that I received.