Small Talk with Raemond

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For me and my kind of work there is no better light than the available light because you always see what you get and you can transfer the mood of a situation as it is. It’s light in its purest form, natural and it fits best for me and my work.

Hello Raemond, how would you describe your work?
It is very straightforward. I try to keep the shootings very simple, there is no big organization or planning. I like to start the shooting with coffee and a small talk to get to know each other…. sympathy is most important to me.
Sometimes I got a rough idea of a final picture in my mind, but often I work very spontaneous and a lot of the ideas arise during the shooting on location.
I prefer to shoot alone with the model of course, they are a big inspiration to me, their facial expressions and moods. As I don’t have a huge equipment, in fact, it is only my Hassi, I don’t need big staff around me.
I want to keep the atmosphere as natural as possible. As mentioned, I shoot with my 503cw because I really fell in love with the square format.
I prefer black and white film and I shoot around 100 frames per shooting. Not a lot compared to digital shootings. But this was one of the reasons I went back to analog. I like the slow and non-hurried way of the analog procedure.
The biggest challenge is to explain to the younger models that there is no monitor on the back of the camera to preview the shoots.
On one hand, I am very concentrated during the shooting on the other hand it is important to have fun and joke around… everything at the right time.

You use only natural light, that’s something I really like about your images. Tell me more about your love for natural light?
For me and my kind of work there is no better light than the available light because you always see what you get and you can transfer the mood of a situation as it is. It’s light in its purest form, natural and it fits best for me and my work.
I like the softness of the light on a cloudy day, but also the shades of bright sunlight. Ok, sometime it’s difficult if I’m shooting inside or in dark spots, in such situations I use a tripod.

What do you want to capture in your images?
Oh, this is simple, I like to capture beauty, simplicity and naturalness… be it in a portrait or in my nudes.
I also try to involve graphic elements, lines and forms. Often my pictures are very symmetrical and aligned.

How would you describe yourself?
I live in a small village near the French border in Switzerland and I am working as an Area Sales Manager for a Swedish Company.
Gratefully, I don’t have to make a living from photography, so I can choose my models and shoot whenever I am in the right mood.
I’d say I am very humorous and a really easy-going guy, very calm and gets along with all kinds of people as long as they are fair and square.

What other artists inspire you?
I admire the works of Greg Gorman, Andreas H. Bitesnich, Herb Ritts and of course Peter Lindbergh.

A place you would love to visit?
I have already seen a lot of beautiful countries and spots around the world, but what is still missing is Namibia.
And even though it’s very small here, there is still a lot of wonderful places to explore in my own country.

Something you’re still learning?
There are so many interesting things to learn (beside photography) but unfortunately time is often the missing element… but I am constantly learning on different fields in my life – you never stop learning!

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