Congratulations to Patrice Carre for being selected Photoblogger of the Month!
A native of Le Havre, France, Carre has been behind the lens for 20 years.
He is a member of the International Federation of Photographic Art and runs a photography club in his town, which is in a region flanked by “the countryside and the sea.”
Carre’s photos capture the moment, the expression, the emotion, the movement in a way that seems to hold time still.
I am especially drawn to his portraits, even though he is a skilled Nature photographer.
His subjects are ordinary people going about their everyday lives, but the way he shoots them, makes them appear to take on a grander role.
The lady in red on the steps of Varanasi’s ghats or the man peering out the window in South Africa, or the Egyptian man with his donkey — these pictures tell stories. Stories of a simple life.
“Photography is a way for me to meet people, to speak, to exchange, to share, whether it is during shots or during exhibitions,” says Carre. “A good photographer should know how to see, to look what others do not, be patient, be quick to ‘push the trigger.’”
Armed with a Sony Alpha 700 Digital, he also likes to carry around the following lenses:
-Sony Zeiss 16-80mm/3,5-4,5 (for street and lanscape/seascape)
-Sigma 70-200mm/2,8 (for sports, storms, and animals)
-Minolta 105mm/2,8 (for macros)
For someone of his calibre, I was surprised to learn that photography is just a serious hobby (“an important one,” he tells me) – it’s nursing that pays the bills and supports his passion of traveling around the world “picking moments of emotion” that he can share with “people on the Net or at photographic exhibitions.”
Some of his photographers are Raymond Depardon, Sebastiao Salgado, William Klein, Helmutt Newton, Elliott Erwitt, Henri Cartier Bresson, Robert Doisneau, Willy Ronis, and Dorothea Lange.
A simple man with a lot of heart, Carre opens a window to a diverse and fragmented world. But when seen through his eyes, it becomes a world that celebrates Nature and humanity.
I hope you will enjoy his photographs here and pay him a visit, soon (either in Le Havre or online).
If you would like to be considered for the Photoblogger of the Month award, or would like to nominate someone, please drop me a line.
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