My name is Richard Vantielcke ans I 'm a french freelance photographer living in Paris for the last decade.
I humblely :) define myself as a guardian of the legacy of surrealist painter Rene Magritte, whether in my work on urban architecture photography, conceptual photography or portrait and self-portrait photography.
My photographic work focuses on the use of light and shadows and night photography to sublimate the everyday, by giving it a touch of mystery, strangeness, and weirdness sometimes ...
Obsessed with the perfect mix between form and substance, my photographs stand out for its poetic, dreamlike often humorous approach, but always thoughtful in spite of appearances...
A successful photograph tells a story.
With digital cameras and photo editing, it is now easier to produce beautiful images, but it is much harder creating meaningful images within a personal and coherent universe.
A successful photograph must get a visceral impact on the viewer, it must catch his eyes, it must inspire him...
The aesthetic choices of composition, framing and lighting are involved in the development of what we want to show / tell / share : they are not the final goal of photography, just tools to achieve a "visual message."
I prefer an imperfect photograph which illustrates nicely its subject, rather than a perfectly executed photograph, which has nothing to show but its technical qualities.
Cinephile from an early age, Richard Vantielcke has repeatedly tried a unique approach to narrative photography through "conceptual photo novels", mixing narrative cinema and meaningful photographic framing construction to serve a story.
Interview in the December 2010 issue of the webzine Camerapixo, illustrated by many photographs from my portfolio.
Japanese TV program on painter Edouard Manet, featuring French photographer Richard Vantielcke.
Program broadcasted on 6 and 16 June 2010 on NHK (Nihon Hōsō Kyōkai - Japanese public television).
Note : English captions available.
It is very natural that I has developed over time an activity of photographic illustration for books and novels: I see no better use of my work that illustrate a book cover, to stir up curiosity giving the reader the urge to turn the page.
Directors Stanley Kubrick, Brian De Palma and Sergio Leone taught me how to compose a frame.
Painters Magritte and Dali have sparked my imagination and gave me the urge to tell stories within images.
Photographers Cedric Delsaux, Phillip Toledano, Dorothy Shoes, Matthew Dols, Julien Coquentin and lot of other contemporary photographers constantly feed my love of beautiful images that have something to illustrate.
You can order paper prints of my work on my photographs online store (in french only).