Since a young age, the taste for adventure has always pushed her to seek places where nature is queen, pure and virgin, where the colors of the earth are never the same, where men have a history, where encounters forge the spirit. At the age of 12, when he started photography, Florian was far from imagining that he would find his life engine there.A self-taught, he developed this passion until he gained enough experience to become a reporter photographer in the French Navy. French. In parallel, he starts his own personal photography projects by working on reports in Greenland. There is no doubt that the beauty of nature, the search for isolated and wild places in the Arctic, led to photography. Later, a new project brought him closer to the Arctic fauna. So he definitely knew he wanted to devote his skills and work to nature and wild animal life in the Arctic, and spend more time near different species. Today my commitment to creating new and meaningful images is also recognized by conservation organizations such as the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
ZOOM ON A PHOTOGRAPHER - INTERVIEW FLORIAN LEDOUX
ArtPhotoLimited: Since when did you know that photographer was your favorite job? Florian Ledoux: I started photography at the age of 13. Little by little, my projects became reality: I became a picture reporter in the French Navy at 24 years old. At the same time, I want to become independent in the Arctic regions. So, 4 years later I become an independent photographer. - Where do you get your photographic inspiration? At first, I was fascinated by landscape photography: she pushed me to look for those places where the earth is still virgin. Then with time I turned to action: capture a look, a smile, etc. So I started human photography. Then I realized that the animal photo made me really vibrate, so I focused on it. Today, I am very much inspired by photographer Paul Nicklen. - What do you think makes you a good photographer? I travel to places isolated from the rest of the world to search for incredible places and animals: I do not take the picture, I create it. I spend a lot of time studying my subject to master it. For a report like the Inuit culture of Greenland, for example, I spent five years. The photographer integrates and becomes immersed in the place where he goes.
- You go on a regular expedition, (the last one dating from this summer) can you tell us more? My team and I traveled to Canada and Greenland where we embarked on an expedition to report on the wildlife of Nunavut and the Arctic. We shot in drone. The expedition also aimed at recognizing places that will lead to the creation of photographic tours aboard sailboats in future years. The report of this summer lasted 2 months with more than 6000 km traveled and more than 15 000 shots done. Any expedition in the Arctic is more risky than a trip. My reports are by no means sports or extreme exploits. However, I keep a good physical condition to be comfortable when I have to climb a mountain for example. There is always a risk because we live in a hostile environment, far from all civilizations, where only time and ice are masters.
- Do you shoot with a drone? Do you have difficulty doing this? Every flight of drone in the Arctic is a risk. Drones encounter a lot of interference, cold-related software problems, magnetism and compass problems. This is also my fourth drone ... The drone can now work in manual adjustment and Raw format. But the difficult conditions of flight, the framing, and the shooting parameters are complicated factors to master.
- Why should our customers choose your photographs? I try to convey with strength and emotions what I felt when shooting animals such as polar bears for example. Also, with a good number of aerial photos I try to bring a new perspective on the Arctic world. I have been published in magazines like National Geographic. It gives even more value to my work.
1st Animal Prize at the Drone Awards 2019 Drone Photographer of the Year 2018 SIPA Grand Prize Drone photography 2017 1st Prize Drone Video Animals 2018 1st Prize Arctic Landscape 2018 3rd Prize Wildlife The Nature Conservancy 2018 3rd Prize Arctic Wildlife 2018 3rd Prize Drone Photography 2017 Mention de l' honor to Nature's Best Photography 2018 Honorable Mention at Memorial Maria Liusa 2018 Publications: - Paris Match 2019 - Geo Magazine September 2018/2019 - Figaro December 2018 - US Time 2018 - National Geographic January 2018 - Wildlife Photographic Mag - Cover Phototech Magazine - Oceanographic UK - Daily news, The Telegraph, The Sun
- Museum of Disign Red Dot Singapore - Museum of Natural History of Washington (Smithsonian) 2018 - Academy of Sciences of California 2018 - Exhibition International Animal Festival of Montier en Der November 2018 - Exhibition International Nature Festival of Namur Nature Avès September 2018 - Exhibitions Inuit culture in Chantilly, Rethel, Chateaugiron, Monfort sur Meu, Les Adrets. - Greenland exhibition at the Grand Nord agency Grand Large Paris center. - Exhibition of a photo at COP22 National Geographic (Climate Change). - Exhibition at the India Photography Festival (National Geographic award-winning photo).