iPhoneographer of the Day – Benedicte Guillon | @iphoneographic


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An iPhoneographer from France, Benedicte captures Paris’ streets beautifully. With every photo Benedicte presents there is a story that unfolds poetically. Benedicte has quickly become one of my favorite iPhone street photographers.

This is the iPhoneography story of Benedicte Guillon…

(7:45 PM)

EC: Where are you from? Tell me about yourself?

BC:I was born in South Korea but I grew up in the west of France. I arrived in Paris three years ago.

EC: How did you get into iPhoneography?

BC: I had my iPhone at the end of 2009. At that time, I just didn’t know anything about iPhoneography. And as I was randomly browsing the Apple store, I found Polarize, then ShakeIt, then ToyCamera, and finally Hipstamatic. I then started to take photos on my way to work. At that time, I made a lot of subway portraits I started to post on Flickr where I found a great community of very talented  iPhoneographers. I kept on shooting people in the street, people like me in their everyday trajectories, and I began to feel the possibilities of expressing myself in an emotional way.


EC: What does iPhoneography mean to you?

BC: iPhoneography represents a great freedom to me that resides in the simple action of finding  images to catch. It’s spontaneous and natural. I cannot really explain why it looks easier, it simply is for me.

EC: Do you have any formal training regarding traditional photography?

BC: I don’t have any training. When I was younger, I used to take photos with a little minox 35, which were spontaneous shots of people around me. That’s my early and only relation to traditional photography.


EC:What about your hometown is so special that it makes you what to capture it through your iPhone?

BC: Before living in Paris, I lived in many different places. I think Paris is the only city where I feel like returning, the only place I feel like home. It just fits me.

EC: Who or what are your artistic influences?

BC: Lots of things influence me, in literature, music or photography. It’s a question of vision, whatever the way to express it. I could talk about Cendrars, Brautigan, Carver, Pessoa or other young talented French poets like Thomas Vinau I follow on the net. In photography, I could mention the classic references but I prefer talking about people like Sion who really has his own poetry, I admire Misho Baranovic for his strong sincerity and the emotional power of his photography. I think Flickr is a wonderful place and I thank all the contacts I had the chance to meet, people who have influenced and inspired me from the very start.

To finish, a special thanks to Florence Vincenot who supports and guides me, and whose music and poetry fill my days since I had the chance to have her in my life. 

(Running Along The Rivers)

EC: Did you ever expect your work to be noticed by the iPhoneography community?

BC: To be honest no! I remember the first comments Sion left me in some of my photos and I just couldn’t believe it…

EC: What has been the most surprising or most predictable reaction from people to your iPhotographs?

BC: “didn’t know iPhone could do that!”

(Sacre Coeur)

EC: What’s in your iPhone camera bag? What app(s) do you currently use the most often?

BC: I don’t process a lot my photos. I use Swankolab a lot, TiltShiftGen, PhotoForge, CameraBag, Gipstamatic, CrossProcess. Recently I bought InfiniCam and Filterstorm but I haven’t really used them yet.

EC: What other thoughts would you like to share?

BC: Just a big thanks to you and all the people who believe and promote iPhoneography. I think of iPhoneography.com, life in lofi, eyeem…You guys are doing a great job and I think you’re making the movement living and possible.

(Solitary Days)

Thank you Benedicte for participating in this feature here on iPhoneogenic, the  iPhoneogenic Facebook Page, and on Twitter @iPhone0genic.  I’m pleased and very honored to have you on my blog.

For more on Benedicte check out these links:

Tumblr: http://iphoneographic.tumblr.com
Flicker: http://www.flickr.com/photos/iphoneographic

All images shown here are copyrighted property of the artist, please contact Benedicte Guillon for copyright privileges.


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