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The landscapes of Michel le Sueur - An interview with a fine art photographer

Posted on 3 July 2015

We caught up with fine art photographer Michel le Sueur and asked him about his work and his current online exhibition with us.

DuneScapes | LagoonScapes embraces recent trips to the West Coast of South Africa and explores the subtle changes of light and the abstract quality of the different moods created by the changes of atmosphere.

[ART.CO.ZA]: Tell us about your interest in photography and landscapes, specifically the West Coast.

[MICHEL LE SUEUR]: My interest in photography goes back many years, beginning with Black and White photography which I often used in some of the design projects I was involved in. Landscapes have always appealed to me and a trip to Greece many years ago moved me into colour images.

I relocated to the West Coast about 10 years ago and found it to be a very special area of the country. I explored it over time moving further north into the Richtersveld and Namibia. There is something quite primitive and timeless about this coastline, the huge unpopulated vistas and the quietness of the desert spaces.

[A]: How do you capture emotion and atmosphere in your works?

[M]: I think the emotion is bound up with the atmosphere (at least for me) and this requires being in the right place when the light is right. Usually this entails being up and on site way before dawn and being patient.

[A]: What are your favourite times of day and places to capture your images?

[M]: Early morning mostly, and the last light of day are usually the best, when contrast levels are not too great. Images can be captured most places. Sometimes the light in my garden or even the kitchen is very interesting. I do however prefer the outdoors and the wilder the better.

View the exhibition [here].


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