ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
My name is Rachel
I’m originally from Alsace, a region with 2 cultures, a mix of Latin and germanic cultural backgrounds under a lot of influences, a crossroad of European routes. I was fascinated by photography from an early age and used to love browsing through my grandmother’s shoe boxes, full of old family photographs searching for my past.
I started taking pictures when I was 10, I remember the excitement when my dad came home with a box containing a 110 Kodak camera with a blue button. I was very disappointed with the photo I produced as what I had in mind were glossy magazine fashion images, but I did not understand the technique behind photography. I upgraded to a 126 and started to take my camera everywhere to document my dance classes, my trips and my friends. At 16, I somehow stopped photographing people and moved on to travel photography, carried my camera to document my trips, I would say to do very conventional sunsets and landmarks and upgraded to a canon EF35mm with a zoom lens.
Photography kind of became less part of my life even if I would still be very passionate about the subject, somehow, I had abandoned the idea that I would be a pro. I would still love looking at reportage, black and white, fashion and street photography documentary photography of people who made history. I was mostly doing landscape and travel photography in my free time or just photographing people guards with no real connection.
I had a real breakthrough, finally challenging myself to learn new skills, lighting, OCF, and focusing on portraits while studying for an MA in fine art photography. If I did not enjoy the course so much, I really enjoyed learning about the history of photography, new skills and techniques, and going beyond the limits I had set for myself, only using film and natural lights. I started photographing people, mostly families and worked on a project about women who volunteered during WWII, I toured Britain finding these women, interviewing them, challenging myself to make them pose in front of the camera and using additional lighting and digital photography.
My steps in Photography
The next step was to take fashion photography workshops which gave me the confidence to work with a model in different lighting situations and locations.
The next step was to take In the Spring of 2012, I went to a photography workshop in Paris with Sasha Van Dorssen. The workshop was a real eye-opener and made me realise that what I wanted to do was to photograph women, mostly portraits; during the seminar I produced work of a quality never reached before, mastering natural light and getting great connections with my subjects. Sasha encouraged me to continue doing portraits!
I continued my education by discovering Sue Bryce and learning to pose and direct my models. I took another workshop in Paris with Richard Dumas a portrait photographer I admire. During the workshop again I produced work that was really what I wanted to do, using film only this time and loved what I created! I felt free to do exactly how I saw my subjects.
I have chosen to focus more on having the freedom to create the type of art and photography that I want. If I continue to photograph people it is on a demand basis
( complete the form below if you want to work with me),
while the rest of my time will be dedicated to creating fine art, develop a collection of blossoms wall art and keep documenting my travel.
You can connect with me on Instragram and support me buying my art work. I will continue sharing my creative musings and exploration on this blog, as well as my failures and successes. Stay tuned!