In Nice, where I live, it rarely rains. The sun is powerful and pervasive. It is a city in the south of France that is still very much an old town — it has kept its charm and authenticity over the years. It’s also the location where I often shoot, and therefore, a crucial part of all my photographs.
For me, light is an important factor — even the subject — of my work. I try to frame moments where the light connects the figures and graphic elements in the scenes I capture.
Sometimes I make a point to photograph near bodies in motion because I like this proximity — I like to feel embedded in the photo, to hear fragments of a discussion, to smell the perfume of the people around me. That way, even though I am not in the photo, I feel part of the picture.
At other times, I like to be distant from my subject so I can incorporate them into the composition of the surroundings. This is less intrusive, and here, it is the light itself that guides my gaze.
But the subject is also key. Whether it is a human or an animal; surprising, funny, endearing, sexy, or plain, it’s the subject that will ultimately decide the direction of the image.
Ultimately, I try to create pictures that mix this feeling with the light and the uniqueness of my subject. I build my street photographs by synthesizing, playing with, and marrying all of these criteria.
Photographs and text by Rudy Boyer
“Into the Light” series
About Rudy Boyer
I’m 33, I was born and live in Nice, France. I am a couple and I have 3 children. I am responsible for a concrete analysis laboratory. I started photography on an India trip in 2012, travel pictures in brief… When I returned to France, I began to take an interest in photography as a whole and soon turned to street photography. My interest growing, I photographed more and more and documented me a lot. Now it gets very difficult with my family to go to other countries, meet other culture and go to photograph everything i want, so I photograph the streets of my city, looking for the moment that will make the little more, the photo we are looking for. For me photography is a game, as a sport, and the camera is toy. As in sport, we try to position ourselves, to score points, and above all to surpass ourselves.
Now photography is an integral part of my life.
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