Our blog is a place to celebrate 500px photographers. Today we’d like to introduce you to Ann Keel, French fine art photographer who marries graphic arts and serene self-portrait photographs. We have asked Ann a few questions to introduce you to the person behind a lens.
Please share with us your photographic journey.
I began to photograph in 2009, I didn’t have a DSLR camera at that time so I used my webcam. The first photo-manipulations I ever did were made with it. Then I bought a Canon 450D, which I sold a few months ago (I will be buying a brand new camera in few days. Can't wait!)
I started to photograph because I realized that I could use this media as a language, same way as I use painting or drawing. I already used those mediums, but I still had a lot to express. So much! What I especially liked about photography is the way I could express things quickly. Painting takes much more time, even sometimes I work on pictures as I work on canvas.
How did you decide to photograph self-portraits?
It was, and still is, a personal project. I used my face and body as tools. Nothing else. Maybe if I had the chance to meet an inspiring model, I would work with her/him then. At that time, I was alone and needed to express things right away — day after day. I didn't ask myself questions and did it like so. I expressed deep emotions ad complex things, it might be best that I have chosen myself to do so and not another. My photos are all about my life. There is no pretending and no selfishness at all. This is my story, a chapter at a time unveiled, and instead reading it in a book you can read it through my pictures.
I've learned that periods of darkness can overcome us at any time. But I also found that I'm able to endure. Overcome. And in the process growing stronger... smarter... better. All is well in my little corner of the world.
Your photos are infused with fine art oriented motif. Do you have a background in fine arts?
Yes, I graduated from an Art School in Paris as an interior designer. I do love 'trompe l'oeil' painting and did this kind of stuff for years. Then I started to express personal things through my own painting and drawing. Acrylic or oil on canvas will always be my favorite, I also like to draw on paper and other mediums. I think I find a wonderful language with art and I can tell much more things with it than I can ever do words.
Photography, is it your hobby or an occupation?
It's a hobby. I like to keep time to do some other things. I'm a jack-of-all-trades and life's too short to be 'jailed' in one label. Please enjoy my work...
Thanks for reading and thanks to Ann for sharing her beautiful work. If you’d like to add Ann to friends and follow future uploads visit her 500px page. There you can see the rest of Ann’s portfolio and get in touch, don’t be shy and say hello.
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