As we move into the Fall season and adjust to the light fading into darkness earlier
each day, I find myself searching for new inspiration.
Ironically, I found a photographer in the Spring (April) edition of LFI magazine,
Fred Mortagne (aka French Fred).
I was drawn to the magazine because I was so intrigued by the cover image.
As I leafed through the pages, each image was a composition in black and white, so sophisticated it was almost intimidating. His clean, minimalistic graphics, eye-capturing moments in architecture and everyday life is what I strive to achieve in my own photographs but seem to fall short when I see the brilliance of Fred’s photographs.
He came to photography through skateboarding.
As the journalist for LFI Katrin Ullman wrote, “He got a great boost when he finished
third at a photography competition where the jury chair was none other than Rene Burri.”
Katrin also describes his approach to photographing the architecture as a love-hate relationship. “No décor, stucco, protrusions or disturbing irritations-these facades are unadorned, surfaces are clear with defined contours.
“They are visually relaxing”—Fred Mortagne
“Mortagne portrays a playful and often surreal side of concrete, achieved through surprising perspectives…capturing the mundane in order to satirize the rigid surroundings, and documenting perfectly normal human activity”. —Katrin Ullman
Here a few of Fred’s Photographs for those of you that are unfamiliar with his work.
I hope you find new inspiration to rekindle life in this season of transition.
(Since I found it difficult to find these images on the internet, I photographed them in the magazine to share here.)